Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Archive for the month “January, 2020”

Birthday

Very happy that Poetry Village posted my poem, ‘Birthday’, today. Poetry Village publishes a new poem twice a week. A wonderful collection to browse through and well worth supporting.

The Poetry Village

Birthday

A day so ordinary. Everything’s been said
and written before. A morning walk.
Curled cabbages spread over the field
alongside us. Chill air, low sun.
Not much of a view because of the hedges.
Not much to say except about our friend,
so ill after a simple operation.
We can’t see what’s coming next, we say
and maybe that’s as well.
You’ve forgotten some details since last time,
so we aren’t on the route we thought we were:
never reach the iron–age earthworks
I imagined us on top of, striding along.
It doesn’t seem so far-fetched to say
that one day people like us may blow up the world
with all its potential and beauty.
I don’t say that. The words stick in my throat.
We agree it doesn’t matter which way we take.
Now, I look back at you walking towards me,
your tartan scarf, your hair glinting…

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New Year!

New Year’s Day couldn’t have begun better for me. I went on a lovely, long moorland walk with my husband in drizzle and fog (yes, I love this sort of weather!). While we were out I discovered to my delight that two of my poems had been published in  the January issue of Snakeskin – thank you George Simmers!

Also on January 1st, I was excited to receive a message from poet John McCullough (@JohnMcCullough) who contacted me about my poetry, and tweeted my poem ‘January’ with some very nice comments. Thank you John! Congratulations to you for your collection, ‘Reckless Paper Birds’, on the Costa shortlist.

What a heart-warming start to 2020!

 

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