The Tower Journal

Matthew Hammerton


Death on the Sidewalk

Carcass of a bird
Lying in morbid silence
Intruding on my pleasant stroll
A blunt reminder
That our destiny is death

And yet there is a grace
In your stiff stillness
Swollen body
Rugged blue feathers
Those sad piercing eyes

Might you be a messenger?
Who speaks without voice
A reminder that,
Even in death,
Beauty abides




Copyright © 2014 Matthew Hammerton


Matthew HammertonMatthew Hammerton is pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University. In his spare time he likes to play Latin music and write poetry.





The Tower Journal
Fall/Winter 2014