‘Blackbird in Winter’ by Roy Marshall

Blackbird in Winter He’s on a branch above my head velvet feathers at touching distance, yellow ringed eye locked to mine. Is an alarm call frozen in his breast, the urge to fly curtailed by heavy air, or is it to preserve energy and heat that he keeps still? Can he see in me a lack of threat, recognise the need to move slowly through … Continue reading ‘Blackbird in Winter’ by Roy Marshall

‘Exposition du Système du Monde’ by Jonathan Taylor

  Exposition du Système du Monde My daughter’s blah-blah babbles coalesce into proto-words, “hiyas” and “mamas” condensing from the nebular static, planetesimals amongst the diffuse molecular cloud                              sucked inwards over what must seem to her millions of years by gravity towards a centre round which – as if she were acting out Laplace’s equations – particles spin towards one another,                 an accretion leading to … Continue reading ‘Exposition du Système du Monde’ by Jonathan Taylor

‘Instant Karma’ by Roy Marshall

Instant Karma The office cleaner sings beautifully and in Hindi. I ask her what her song means. ‘The Lord says, I will give you what you want, when the time is right.’ She leaves a world bright with belief, the mopped floor under my feet, the emptied bin of me.   (from Gopagilla, first published in New Walk Magazine, Issue 1)     Roy Marshall … Continue reading ‘Instant Karma’ by Roy Marshall