we pass through a series of moral systems –
the accumulations of good acts, the weighing
of bad, we note cicatrices of consequence
for as many as twenty generations after,
we count the number of words spoken and
how many were wrong. The function of moral
systems differ according to era: historical
relativism rewrites the language of accounting.
Some ghosts may choose to visit facsimiles
of dead ancestors and punish them eternally,
leaving them raped and blood-bound, but
we must remember this is an unmoderated
activity: there are over five billion cases
pending appeal; accounting might have
the raw data but they lack the resources
to form conclusions. I have been
counted, meted; upside down I do not
move the water, the water moves me.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
won a Northern Writers Award New Poets Prize in 2019. She won 2nd place in the 2020 Walter Swan Poetry Competition (18-25 category) and 2nd place in the 2020 Hive young writers competition (20-30 category). She has an MA in Poetry and Poetics from the University of York and lives in Leeds.