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from the

Rainbow Girl


Dominic Jericho

© Dominic Jericho 2018

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The moral right of Dominic Jericho has been asserted.

First published in Great Britain 2018

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

For Sophie

Who taught me that

Poetry is written in the heart,

And cannot ever be erased

No matter what life throws at you


from the

Rainbow Girl

The Rainbough

That branch of chaste technokiller

Stalks me, like a solemn warcry

He sulks and sinks instilling me

With chastened pastels and distressed plates

The palette arcs across the sky

Skidaddling and skilleting the blue

Smiling its upside down face

Before light ceases and guillotine snips

Eye watches with watery weeps

Dark prisonhole deludes me while I

Yet the light sustains, and stains

My soul, like painted rain

I am its brief purpose

It's transient reason

The mutable bubble

My own, rainbough


Heather pokes through the thinking grass

Soft; replete with Spring caress

Fingers of fortitude feeling the air

Trapped in earth the heart of there, there

With bother and withering thaws

Like jaws of ingested gender

Not seen for what the plot becomes

In later books will shock us all

But not me. Never me

The heather breathes

The Path Anon

The winter wind lashes

My poor eyes flash

With seaspray and salt

When I walk along the path

Father. Yes. I have a father

He watches me falter

I am training myself

It winds along the cliff edge

The fall is fatal

But I will never fall

I know that now

I will never fall

Along my path