Peopled: Walking in isolation, Staffordshire, 2020

To Orslow first, where Horsa’s people work the land,

who, at our approach, stop with hoe and axe in hand

to watch from wooden walls, drawing with secret voice

and movement  their mud-bellied pigs and children close…

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BRIDE 1969

 she plays with the sunlight that spills

 into the shifting folds of her mother’s ivory satin

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St Giles' Churchyard, Shrewsbury

wanting from each straight incision her children’s limbs

and from each curve their soft heads and laughter.

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And I know this is a potent spell, cast in looping words that even un-mouthed

can drag a young girl into young girls’ hell

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