Is it strange that today I am a rabbit’s twitch                             20.4.20


startled by the half moon

that hangs low in the morning sky,

that today I’m ruffled fur along

the spine of a vixen’s prowl on Dark Lane,

or that I’m in the throat of a blackbird’s

alarm call across the Tame valley?


Today I am all these horrors

as skin on my face tightens

into another Wednesday

where all normal days

from yesterday have morphed

into unknown darkness,

where curiosity is a dead theatre,

where shopping is a war zone

in supermarket aisles and cars

have stopped revving.


Today the air is clean.

Today I hear you speak into my mobile.

Today I cannot hold your hand.


Author: pennysharman

Penny is a qualified Complimentary Therapist with over 20 years experience. She is also a counselor, a healer and an awesome cook! Penny is a photographer and artist, but her focus for over 15 years has been writing poetry. Penny has an MA for Creative writing from Edge Hill University. She has had over 100 poems published in magazines such as The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Strix, The North, Ink Sweat & Tears and Beautiful Dragons Anthologies. Penny’s pamphlet Fair Ground 2019 published by Yaffle Press and her first Collection Swim With Me In Deep Water 2019 published by Cerasus Poetry are available to buy from her website: Penny’s second collection is to be published in 2020/2021 by Knives Forks & Spoons Press.

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