Janine Plays Dead by Nick Power

Janine plays dead
facedown in the blue pool

arms limp,
weightless with the
gentle pull

brown medusa hair
married to water
like long
strands of seaweed

she can hear voices-
her mothers, then her sisters,
calling out after a newly adopted
bloodhound in the
bush

from a mans mouth,
she hears
her name

everything falls away
then,
multitudes of colour
dissolve,
sounds dissipate into
a low rumble
as she pushes deeper

slowly,
the weight of the world
breaks from
its silver cord
and drifts away
to the depths

Janine remains like that
in complete serenity

and wonders wether she should
come up
for air

Nick Power has recently had his first perfect-bound book 'Small Town Chase' published by erbacce-press, and is in the process of writing a new collection.  He's had poems published at M58, erbacce-press, Boscome Revolution and Jarg Magazine.

Nick Power has recently had his first perfect-bound book ‘Small Town Chase’ published by erbacce-press, and is in the process of writing a new collection. He’s had poems published at M58, erbacce-press, Boscome Revolution and Jarg Magazine.

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