Poetry Post: Woodland Creatures

Woodland Creatures

Driving through the tunnel
of interlaced trees’ fingers, naked of
their demure and shading green,
headlamps score a stripe of white
through the dusty road; a spotlight
into which the night’s actors
come. We’re tossed and thrown
in the swerve and stall,
as we try to keep badger face from bonnet –
swooping owl from spattering windscreen
in the bugs’ graveyard.
So careful, my mother, with the lives
of woodland creatures, every
woodland creature
but me.

For more poetry, why not try Know Your Words (with Amy Kreines and Al Kennedy), For the Love of a City, or Year of the Ghost: Collected Poems 2011 (eBook only).


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