The Pusher

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Crazed with worry
Clothed in a bloodless air

Not one body has been found
In the river
Or the lakes 
Moving shadow like 
On the land

Nor 2

But 85.

85 bodies pedal soft
Conscripted with cold drew
Over 6 years,

Cloaked in the ship canal
And all over 
Manchester’s water works
In deafening silence

Kneeling in deep breath

Crossing canal gates
In the Undercroft 

Or past the bars
Near Canal Street

And the Warehouse Project, 

Salford Quays

28 cases remain an open verdict
Trembling with stillness

Lying in wait 

Chiselled in tragedies 

Whether drunk or drugged
Or something more sinister 

Whispering shells
Across un-answered questions 

85 people in 6 years
Over doubled the rate of deaths
In Birmingham



Wishboning towards 
a possible truth
none of us want to face. 




(NB. 85 bodies have been found dead
in rivers and canals in Manchester, UK
over the years double the number of
deaths found in Birmingham, UK. 

The Police have denied there is a serial
Killer at large. However, the rumour
Persists that a serial killer nicknamed
‘The Pusher’ is responsible) 


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Andy N

Sun 17th Apr 2016 19:50

thanks guys. one of these kind of pieces which got wrote fairly quickly but yeah...

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Nigel Astell

Tue 9th Feb 2016 10:39

Well read Andy
look forward to when we team up at the Art Gallery
should be a good night mate.

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Martin Elder

Mon 8th Feb 2016 21:22

I meant to say to you tonight that I also like the line chiselled in tragedies. Nice one Andy

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Andy N

Mon 8th Feb 2016 12:51

thanks guys. look forward to reading this tonight.

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Martin Elder

Sat 23rd Jan 2016 23:07

I love the line 'Whispering shells' fantastic you are so good at dropping in these killer lines in your poems.

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Nigel Astell

Sat 23rd Jan 2016 20:08

A Winter walk down by the canal
just does not appeal to me anymore
after reading such a superb poetic tale.

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