Gameplay by Stephen Kingsnorth

Stephen Kingsnorth | June 22nd, 2024 | poetry | No Comments


‘Here in Africa’, ‘there’ for most,
a famine screened, more tribal wars,
corruption – hidden in the west –
but best, some game played on the veld,
safari horsepower – we were there.

A train of lenses, more than beasts –
is this the elephant’s retreat,
as angry farmers, tourists, war,
to drive away or closer by,
ignoring slums in city streets?

A continental wonder here,
identified, one atlas mass,
though out of mind, say, Europe’s spread,
where war and tumult too ignored,
so we can glory, empires’ ways.

I see an ostrich, buried head,
the vultures, jackals, hounding prey,
I hear hyenas, bankers’ bread,
the lions’ roar, Trafalgar Square,
and leopards as they change their spots.

Poet Bio

Stephen Kingsnorth (Cambridge M.A., English & Religious Studies), retired to Wales, UK, from ministry in the Methodist Church due to Parkinson’s Disease, has had pieces curated and published by on-line poetry sites, printed journals and anthologies, including Poetry Potion. He has, like so many, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His blog is at

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