I live in Lewes, E. Sussex and I am inspired by the South Downs which surround me. I have written poetry for many years, but my first collection, Aviatrix, was published by Oversteps Books only last year.
To gain a bird’s eye view –
Not counting scale or distance
but feeling the sweep and pull
of landscape in ascendance.
Roads thin, electric threads,
houses squat shelters pitched against the rain.
And she, my aviatrix – bird woman –
Will find her scope at last,
cease, like a hawk replete, to fret
and tangle in her forked routines.
See clearly or, renouncing sight,
let the wind take her to another place
where no thick objects cry out to be stacked,
no eyes and voices ground her urgent flight.
Poem first published in The Charleston Magazine, Issue 10, Autumn/Winter 1994;
and included in collection Aviatrix
Publication: Aviatrix, 2009, Oversteps Books, ISBN 978 1 906856 08 3, £8.
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