Tory Campbell

Contract

Tory Campbell

Share Via:


I can barely breathe in

the tightness of your squeeze –

this marriage is shrink-wrapped.

I am not your hack of meat.

You cannot tenderise me

with your fists. Or promises.

I know the muscle of your tongue –

so talk to you as carefully as

I carry a snatch of eggs

from the henhouse.

Your definition of free-range

begins ‘I’ll shoot you if you leave.’

Your husbandry is animal.

But I am tough. I peck your cheek,

lay with you while you sleep,

dream up ways to remove

your trigger finger

Tory Campbell


Tory Campbell is from Belfast. A Fine Art/Art History graduate from Goldsmiths College, Tory began writing in her early thirties. Her poems have been published in local anthologies, The Stinging Fly and The Irish Independent.

Tory was shortlisted for the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and was highly commended in the 2014 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. She was winner of the Belfast heat of All Ireland Poetry Slam, and second place for the All Ulster Slam in 2016.

When she is not writing, Tory runs SHINE special yoga, offering inclusive yoga therapy to people with additional needs.

Twitter: @poetrydoodle

 Photo: Malachi O'Doherty