There is this ringing hum this bullet-borne language ringing shell-fall and static this late-night ringing of threadwork and carpet ringing hiss and steam this wing-beat of rotors and tanks broken bodies ringing in steel humming these voices of dust these years ringing rifles in Babylon rifles in Sumer ringing these children their gravestones and candy their limbs gone missing their static-borne television their ringing this eardrum this rifled symphonic this ringing of midnight in gunpowder and oil this brake pad gone useless this muzzle-flash singing this threading of bullets in muscle and bone this ringing hum this ringing hum this ringing
From Phantom Noise by Brian Turner. Copyright © 2010 by Brian Turner. Used by permission of Alice James Books.
Brian Turner, known for his writing about the Iraq War, is the author of Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010), which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.
Date Published: 2010-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/phantom-noise