Poem of the day

The 70-Poet Challenge

Photograph image of Dylan Thomas bust surrounded by library stamp dates, with pale yellow background
3 March

Heron

by Simon Armitage

You pull onto the soft verge

And the tyres slacken into the dirt.

 

I pass the field-glasses

From the glove compartment

And you fumble, finding a focus

Through the action of the wipers

 

And describe it to me: how it

Hangs in the shallows, shaking the rain

From its featherings. How it watches,

Then cautiously adopts

 

Its fishing position, then wades

Thoughtfully forward, then holds again.

You go on piecing out the picture

And I affect not to listen

 

Until you put the glasses down

And I realise you’ve stopped talking.

We sit there, breathing, steaming up

The windows and watching

 

As the heron feints

To a fleck on the line of the lake

Like a wood-chip flaw

On slate Ingres paper

 

And the hilltops are water-marked

If we look hard enough.

 

2 March

Peculiar

by Mary Kuper

Image Credit: 
keyoperator/Grosvenor@SCANNERPC
29 February

Insurrection

by Dennis Gould

28 February

Dog

by Shazea Quraishi

lately

you twitch in sleep

like a dog

 

and I wonder

whose meadow it is you run through

whose bones you gnaw

 

27 February

Le Bureau

by Robert Richardson