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Colin Dardis is one of Eyewear Publishing's Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, and an ACES '15-16 recipient from Arts Council of Northern Ireland. His work has won the Glebe House Harmony Trust and Fun Palaces #WriteScience poetry competitions, as well as being listed in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing, and Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition. Colin is also the founder of Poetry NI. Follow him on Twitter @purelypoetry
Finger and nail will not do here. You must
invest in a metal peninsula
held outwards from the mainland of your grip.
Your entry point
is of no relevance, although most go
for the equator
and proceed in a circular fashion, finding
they soon have to start again. Stab. And then
the same, holding steady till nakedness.
Often, one just tears
in with the teeth, and bares the savagery
of meat alongside hide.
The first crack is a misplaced key
against the symphony’s roundness,
liberating crunch, bringing malleable edges
to a fortress of geometry,
finding crease in the pool surface,
rippling throughout all degrees.
Take away the tawny layer
to let white ring out: remove fawn,
tan, beige and taupe, mushroom rainbow
arcing out, fibrin strips
arched between fingers.
Ungloved, it is a perfect marble:
pick it clean of hard spots,
tiny triangles of candied remains;
a sugar-coated almond sucked clear,
rubbery boiled bubble of odd flesh.
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