CARSINGTON KICKS OFF

Just started a series of creative writing workshops at Carsington Water as part of my 2018 writer residency. Had a fantastic day talking, walking and writing with an exceptionally talented group of young writers. They bring some of the wild inhabitants of this wonderful landscape to life in their group poems…

LEAVING A MAP

 to hide is my nature

my industrial shell

small shy sucker

invertebrate

avoiding eagle eyes

 

feeling the dimensions

of the ground as I slide

my shining path

giving me away as I

leave a map behind

 

FULL OF EARTH

Squidgy champer

taking soil in his mouth,

making soil in his mouth

between the winter blades.

Squiggling, tunnelling

creating an intricate network

of passages, giggling as it tickles

his wet ridged skin.

Fat and slim, long and low,

silently enriching

the earth as he goes.

 

ARACHNID

These ancient crawlers are watchers,

eyes fixed in every direction on

frost-dappled strings of light.

 

Dressed to kill in their furry coats

They are patient, predatory, poised

on intricate death traps, on eight legs

but it only takes one bite…

 

AINT NO LADY

Ruby red and splattered with black ink blobs,

she dazzles passers-by with her stories

of fire and fairy wings; small creatives,

red midget ladies in a big world.

 

A world beguiled by the way she crawls

along its curious fingers until

a yellow, poisonous pus shoots out

of her knees, and we see her true nature.

 

US AND THEM

You are stripy, buzzing, hard working, struggling.

juggling work with hive life, but you never stop humming,

your fuzzy gold and coal black body always turning

nectar into honey with a sting that brings a death sentence.

 

We prefer sitting, chatting, picnicking and when you come

we start running, batting, flapping, whacking, it’s true,

we run from you miracle workers, pollinators, propagators,

ironic as you don’t need us but boy, do we need you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s