The Breakthrough

Les Wicks

Celinia has done so well 
the gifted received her gift.
But why credit god?
Through blood & the bleaks I guess
any light would do while she
couldn’t see her own.

When words ran out, jonesing she noticed
the pulpit was also broke under the weight of holy detritus.
Prayer for her was still like those songs remembered
suburban solace
take-it-back blues
though I must say
she’d written better herself. 

Celinia began to look around,
found real-stuff was so much better.
I too once loved the sugar
but not metastasised.

Les Wicks has been published across 35 countries in 15 languages. His 15th book of poetry is Time Taken – New & Selected (Puncher & Wattmann, 2022). He can be found at



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