Posted: September 19, 2016 in nature poems

Recently on Ben Banyard’s excellent and well-respected Clear Poetry site he featured four of my poems, Empty Spaces, Jackdaws, Wembury Beach and The Fire Has Gone Out. You can read them all via this link https://clearpoetry.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/paul-mortimer-four-poems/. I highly recommend following Clear Poetry …. it brings a wonderful breadth of quality work. Meanwhile here’s one of my four poems featured.

Harsh chatter cuts through the baking
air seething across our roof tiles.
They are arrogant, ice-eyed, chopping up
a blackbird’s melody that’s been flooding
the river’s beat. Theirs is not birdsong,
just nature’s practical edge.
Functional. A rooting in the ordinary.
Like that faint rocking of traffic.


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