Saturday, 10 September 2011

A sneak peak ... John Siddique

Not Only the Dark will include John Siddique's poem Thirst from his anthology Full Blood. He has kindly allowed us to share this video of him reading it.

Thirst - A Poem For Who We've Become Since 9/11 from John Siddique on Vimeo.


Imagine thirst without knowing water.
And you ask me what freedom means.
Imagine love without love.

Some things are unthinkable,
until one day the unthinkable is here.
Imagine thirst without knowing water.

Some things we assume just are as they are,
no action is taken to make or sustain them.
Imagine love without love.

It is fear that eats the heart: fear and
endless talk, and not risking a step.
Imagine thirst without knowing water.

Fold away your beautiful thoughts.
Talk away curiosity, chatter away truth.
Imagine love without love.

Imagine believing in the whispers,
the screams and the gossip. Dancing to a tune
with no song to sing inside you.
Imagine love without love.

© John Siddique 2011
From Full Blood (published by SALT)

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Who's who for Shelterbox

Read a full list of contributors to our fantastic new anthology in aid of Shelterbox