Dust Thou Art

By H Mosforth

I sleep in dust
heaping it over
myself by the handful.

In the fire I forgot.
In fear I forgot
who I was
and what.

All that is left is dust.

A crow-black, cassock-clad man
stands squawking at passersby,
“For dust thou art
and unto dust thou shalt return.”

He waves a cross over the city ruin.

At night, the crackle-comfort memory
of flames keeps me warm.
Even when ice gives the Thames
a hard shell
and the white wisped moon
looks down on me

I have no fear.


I am a beggar in the street.
I am dust on the earth.

This Poem Features In:

Browse Collections By Category

Select from our entire catalogue of poetry collections: