“The First Crossing”
by Josephine Roele

the first crossing                                  now
his neck is folded through with water
and the coals have burned and the metal
has forged the mane. this skin won’t split.

see                    how we make our men: slowly,
with heat at first              and blood
eyes that drum so quickly set to aspic,
to glass              in the flood



Josephine Roele is a senior at Edinburgh University in Scotland studying for an MA in English Literature. Her work has appeared in The Veg and steps magazine.