Post-weekend Poetry 013: ‘Like a shard of glass’ by Ruth Holroyd

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirteenth poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd.

Like a shard of glass

Walking along the busy street
Smiling at the blue sky above
Feeling the sun warming my skin
Free as bird, as a dove

I don’t see anything untoward
As I stroll through the autumn leaves
No pain, no feeling, no warning at all
of what hid up his hoody sleeves

I stop short and grab my side
A warm sensation spreading
I reach down, my hand finds
The deep cut threading

Straight through the green silk of my favourite dress
It finds its way quickly inside me
On through my camisole
then reaching soft skin, deep it went in

I look down and watch the slow
flower of crimson blooming
Only then I feel it, like a sharp blow
A bolt of lightening through me

Slowing sinking to my knees
The crowd elbowing past me
I reach out for you, striding off
Strolling into the moving sea

I don’t feel my knees as they hit the ground
My life seeping quickly out
I gasp out breath but make no sound
One last desperate look, a silent shout

The cold concrete soothes my cheek
Tiny sharp stones press hard
My lips move but I can’t speak
I see my future crack like a shard

Of glass, the glass that sticks in my side
And there you are, your face up close
Fading, distant, eyes wide, shaking
Snaking off like the man with the shard….

Thank you, Ruth, hauntingly sad…

Ruth works as a freelance copywriter and marketing communications professional in Buckinghamshire.  She writes company case studies and copy edits brochures and websites.  She also writes regular articles and features about living with allergies and food intolerances. Her allergy blog,, was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs in the UK in 2011 and she is one of the guest judges at the Free From Food Awards 2012.  You can read some more of her writing here.

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