One of my big poetry achievements this year has been to finally have a poem published in Mslexia – something I’ve been trying to do for around a decade. And, as it happened, I ended up with poems in two consecutive isues! Funny how these things work out.
Here’s my poem, ‘Feathers’, which was submitted for the open callout on the theme of ‘journeys’.
I don’t know what I’m trying to say
exactly – only that today, commuting the hangdog
length of the river path, I spied
for the first time this season
a flight of silver breaking from the broad
shoulders of the water:
the metal undercarriage
of an office chair, unheeding
of predators, basking in the knowledge of itself,
its wheels uplifted to the weak sun,
a cursive uncurling towards the sky.
I swear I heard it calling reassurance to its young
on the brambled bank, a sudden circular song.
I swear I heard their ruffled hope reply.
‘Feathers’ was first published in Mslexia, Issue 83: Sept/Oct/Nov 2019