Conversations in high places
From those rooftops Brussels glittered
Before us like an open quarry
Layered on top of each other
High on a crumbling shelf
Stories and secrets lost somewhere
In a sprawling city which rippled
When we touched it, seconds away
From shattering completely.
Dangling our feet over a
We convinced ourselves we could
Step out onto the next building
And then the next
Bridging these night-time voids like
And I saw you running through
Burnt amber in my mind,
Searing down concrete boulevards
With your clothes on fire
Your smoking voice and
Shedding the flames to rise from them
A phoenix in denim.
- Annmarie McQueen 2015
Annmarie McQueen is a recent graduate of Warwick University in the U.K, where she studied English and creative writing. An aspiring author/poet and previous winner of the Simon Powell poetry prize, she has been published in magazines including ‘Words with Jam’, ‘Reach poetry' and 'Buried letter press.'