Doreen Hinchliffe

Doreen Hinchliffe has been published widely in anthologies and magazines, including Acumen, Mslexia, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House and Magma. Her first collection, Dark Italics, was published by Indigo Dreams in October 2017.

The Art of Getting Lost

Practise the art of getting lost
in the deepest forest, not knowing where
it ends, like the leaf of an oak tossed
on a sudden wind, unaware
of anything except the flight
in dappled sun, the ripples of air,
conscious only of slanting light
through branches, of being borne and held,
indifferent to left or right
to future or to past, propelled
into the heart of now by powers
unfathomed, unseen, deep in the meld
and mould of earth, in its tiny flowers
(bluer than bluebells, whiter than frost)
that lie beyond the counting of hours
and the counting of the cost.

Doreen Hinchliffe

Poem published in Acumen, Issue 87

The Pointing Star, sonnet sequence, Live Cannon Poems for Christmas CD, ASIN: B01N8Z2E1T
Dark Italics, 2017, Indigo Dreams, ISBN 978-1-910834-58-9

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