Body found in garden after confession

Sarah Barnsley

How the body got there,
or whose it was, nobody knew,

not even the confessor,
who had been resident all their life in Brazil,

who was on holiday in the Bahamas at the time,
experts suggest, that the body entered the earth,

who was on life support after a diving accident
at the point, experts say, that the body’s owner died

and we are pleased to bring this case to its conclusion
said the Chief Superintendent

and the nation can feel safe again
said the Prime Minister

and we pray for all the families
said the Archbishop of Canterbury

and the confessor said goodbye to the house, the dog,
took off their shoes, clothes and wedding band,

went out into the garden and
lay as still as a forgotten rake in tall grass.


Titled after a BBC News website headline, January 2018