Angela Platt

Angela Platt’s poems appear in a few competition anthologies and a dozen poetry magazines incl. Orbis, Spokes & The Interpreter’s House. She runs creative writing groups and is The Poetry Society’s Stanza rep. for Newport, S. Wales.

The Elephant Game

Between horizontal bars
he looks at him.
Sloe-eyed,
rhubarb leaf ears
knit barnacles of skin.
 
Trunk coil unfurls
a quizzical tentacle.
 
One baby to another,
my child splays arms.
 
The elephant’s boa slips
around his waist,
a crinkled belt pulled tight,
moves closer to the bars.
 
Crushed child beneath stumped feet
a rag doll flash,
my force opposes –
his force lifts him to the bar.
 
Arms vice his ribs,
my fingers knuckling
round my child –
elephant’s new-found toy.
 
Eternity, this tug of blood and bone.
 
I wonder if the stretch
will wrench the life from him,
how long the hold on gravity.
 
Reptile fury spits.
I pummel, grapple, gouge.
 
Without a sound
the slow unreeling.
I feel the slack.
 
Curled in my arms, oblivious,
this sturdy boy who dared –
and won.

Angela Platt

The Elephant Game won second prize in Southport’s Open Poetry Competition, 2015.

Publications:
39 jazz poems featured in Jazzrounds 1994-2003, ISSN 1465-1319
Percussion of Living, 2001, Green Corner Press, ISBN 0-9-54022-00-9
I Like to Imagine, self-published pamphlet, 1994
Introduction to Sexism in the Secondary Curriculum (chapter), ed Janie Whyld, 1981,
Harper & Rowe, ISBN 0-0-63182-51-3

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