Roman Baths

in the sleuth of your back these separate rooms as breathing needs sleep not to tell the children of this old ruin you and me

this morning stretch

of extracted core sample

a study of antipodes

can’t assay in proof

your first kiss to my belly

that falling butterfly tapestry

or what my hand translates

in the sleuth of your back

these separate rooms

as breathing needs sleep

not to tell the children

of this old ruin you and me

where the hypocaust

intact between the villas

is stoked with more

than the occurrence of heat

James Walton
James Walton was a librarian, a farm labourer, and mostly a public sector union official. He is published in numerous anthologies, journals, and newspapers. His collections include 'The Leviathan's Apprentice' , 'Walking Through Fences', and 'Unstill Mosaics' He has been shortlisted for the ACU National Literature Prize, The MPU International Prize, Jupiter Artland, The James Tate Prize, The William Wantling Prize, and is a winner of the Raw Art Review Chapbook Prize.

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