‘Good things happened on that day also’ by Elizabeth Barrett

Good things happened on that day also Through a crowded carriage window as it pulled away, a glimpse of my daughter. Later that day a drizzle of sun like ginger honey on the Dales. From a distant train a trail of steam hemming a seam of sky. The village shop where I bought curd tart and apricots. A woman bleeding at the leg picking nettles … Continue reading ‘Good things happened on that day also’ by Elizabeth Barrett

‘Day of rest’ by Jackie Wills

Day of rest The order comes: “Down tools.” You stop driving buses, lock the tills. Guides leave the Taj Mahal, Pyramids.  Ski lifts hang over glaciers. In markets, all you hear is flies – there’s no-one underground, no planes, no money moves.  TVs show blue lagoons to a soundtrack of wind.  Food’s eaten raw. Your tongue remembers the taste of blood, your hand how an … Continue reading ‘Day of rest’ by Jackie Wills

Two poems by Brian Johnstone

  Gable Long gone, those derelict tenements, half-demolished, a row of parlour walls stacked up like sample cards for someone’s granny’s wallpaper. Their slivers, flapping in the wind, goodbyes. Unlaid, their fires all died, burned shadow black into the grates that stamped each wall with absence, empty as some broken jug which stood once – held the milk, some flowers, loose change for the meter, … Continue reading Two poems by Brian Johnstone