ONE FLESH

First published in our 'Love' issue, Gavin Bryce's poem imagines the relationship between lovers as a living body. Illustrated by Ross McEwan.

We built a body together,
Made of the finest fabric.  

From the fibres of laughter grew young hands;
Desire stretched arteries into arms;
Eager feet sprang from our travelled roads.

Kisses formed lips, and smiles made teeth.
Knowledge strengthened bones and words weaved skin.
Vulnerability created eyes; honesty opened them.

Love bore breath,
Spun to every cell by the beating will of our hearts,
And vows held them in strong fingers like ribs.



'One Flesh' was published in Popshot's 6th issue, The Love Issue, which has now sold out. To ensure that you never miss a future issue of the print magazine, subscribe from just £10 a year.