Next edition of Automatic Pilot available in print and digital format in January 2020.
Closing date for submissions, 15th December 2019.
Forgive, forget the friendly fire
Frail wrecks of men, a flawed humanity
Shall share the spoils of war eternally
Our ignorance is pardoned by the pyre.
For paranormal prophecies reveal
Our battle not with man or savage beast
Prevail onto delight, the victory feast
Draw back the curtains, purdah of the field.
The sovereignties our foe, defiant gods,
That enemy has sown a mortal flaw
That snares and spoils, fouls us with deceit
Prayer our greatest weapon for the good
They triumph who obey the good Lord's law
From heaven, earth and paradise, relief.
From Brendan Connolly's anthology, The Magpie,
prepared for publication and edited by Brian Bingham,