Vision

Eye plates diluted for a world we couldn’t see
we see clearly the crooked roots when older;
never see blue oceans and sky in blood orange;

turning a second eye from what should never be
we’ll help the lungs of earth begin to falter –
eye plates diluted for a world we couldn’t see;

If our children are beaten and bleed
we shall help with the flow of a blood culture;
never see blue oceans and sky in blood orange;

Our planet a smog of beauty and black streams
though our sight could never be altered,
eye plates diluted for a world we couldn’t see.

designed our living quarters with plastic trees
we gazed from neon into high voltage;
never see blue oceans and sky in blood orange.

Built division into our mapped psyche
placed us like experiments in storage –
eye plates dilated for a world we couldn’t see;
never see blue ocean and sky in blood orange.

Matt was born in Bristol. 1971, and lives in Newport, Wales his poems have been included in various journals such as The Potomac Review, The Oxford Magazine, The Journal, Marble Poetry Magazine, Confluence, The Poetry Village, The Dawntreader, Osiris Poetry Journal, The High Window, in 2015 Matt won the erbacce prize for poetry with his first full collection “Dystopia 38.10” and in 2016 won the Into the Void Poetry Prize with his poem “Elegy for Magdalene”, his second full collection “Woodworm” is now available and published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, Matt also was one of the winners of the Naji Naaman Literary Prize 2019, and in 2020 his new collection “The Kingdom” will be published by Maytree Press in April/May.