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Lure
By Christian Ward


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I was always the hook

to your lure, another layer

in your pyramid scheme 

gone wrong. This poem 

isn't necessarily 

about you or the damage 

you caused to the ecosystem,

but a flare to the sky,

warning other wide-eyed 

birds to be wary of your call

and whistle, the sharp tang

of cordite lingering in the air

after you speak.

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Christian Ward is a UK-based poet with recent work in Red Ogre Review, In Parentheses, Rainbug Poetry Review and Tin Can Poetry. He was longlisted for the 2023 Aurora Prize for Writing, shortlisted for the 2023 Ironbridge Poetry Competition and 2023 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, and won the 2023 Cathalbui Poetry Competition. 

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