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SCILLONIAN 111

 

 

 Poetry Proms Competition 2011

 

 

 

 

A father and daughter hug against

the tethered lifeboat and the wind.

 

She twirls a toggle on his duffel coat

between her fingers,

a bracelet of sweets at her wrist.

He pre-emptively swaps a camera lens

in anticipation of Skuas

 

The sun breaks the celtic knot of clouds

and the Christmas lights flicker on the wave tops

between wake and Minack.

 

And look there, silencing the school party

rollercoasting between e-numbers and sick bags.

There!. A dividend for the Cornwall Wildlife Volunteer,

and his ancient mariner listeners.

There. For the refugees of slot machines and pukka pies below.

 

Brought to the surface by sunlight

A fanfare of harbour porpoises

Semi quavers between the surface lines

 

The father lowers his zoom, and turns to face

his own natural miracle

 

face aglow.

 

Currently appearing in Acton Winter Street Poetry

CLASSIFIED FOOTBALL RESULTS



Winter is soundtracked
By the late night hiss of medium wave
Struggling through the dark oppressive nights
Carrying tidings of great joy

To the galloping tune of Sports Report.

The upward lift of away wins
Sending people out again
To face the cold with hope in their heart.
Walk on.
Walk on.


 

 

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