love by Robert Mayo

Illustration by Dora O'Neill and Karina Blodnieks

Illustration by Dora O'Neill and Karina Blodnieks

there is no harsher lesson
it is the whip
cracking in the air
    and your eardrums splitting
    and you – finally – turn your head
         it is the daylight there
              behind the gentle cloudbreak
              at the aching start of day
a million mothers shrieking
and lifting a million sons onto a million knees
a million helpless, quivering sons