Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Read at the Counter: News of the World


She was called Milly Dowler,
and she was a 13 year old schoolgirl from Surrey.

picked off and murdered at the start of this turgid century,

and she would have been nothing more but a name on a court
register, had not a slavering tabloid beast

gnawed at her dead bones, slack/hacking her voice mail,
deleting messages , so

insatiable their appetite for
the dark marrow of parents' grief.


no one could have conceived
that, in the death of
a 13 year-old schoolgirl from Surrey,

lay the seeds of the fate

of an emporer.

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