fall in love
with hanging blooms,
racemes pale-grape brevity,
butterfly short-display flutters by,
as if impatient to die,
fresh petals gone,
mocking me,

My eyes saw a honeyed cottage,
dappled, amethyst necklace
about its frames,
against skin,
retiring, hidden
in exhausted deafened city,
panicked termites, nothing spare
would not dare lift, for pause, then stare.

whose searching
flex, trailing snake resents
control, direction, overnight whips out,
secret lashing, dawn regret, fail day-search modesty,
some frilly flouncing debutante,
beauty in stroppy staggering
bout, pollen drunk,

Published by Nine Muses Poetry,
28th November 2019


Published by Stephen Kingsnorth

Stephen Kingsnorth, 67, is retired from ministry in the Methodist Church and living in north Wales. To retain appearance on his blog https://poetrykingsnorth.wordpress.com, a piece must be accepted by a publisher. I have had pieces accepted for publication by Nine Muses Poetry; Voices Poetry; Eunoia Review; Runcible Spoon; Ink Sweat and Tears; The Poetry Village; Amethyst Review; Softblow Literary Journal; From the Edge; Soul-Lit; Sparks of Calliope; The Academy of the Heart and Mind, Allegro, Ekphrastic Review, The Recusant, Militant Thistles, Visual Verse, Another North, The Literary Yard; Gold Dust, The Seventh Quarry, The Dawntreader & Foxtrot Uniform Poetry Magazines, and Vita Brevis Anthology ‘Pain and Renewal’.

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