at the edge of sunlight
against a wall in Hexham,
after a freak storm
Our shadows are dense
in the photographs you keep.
You leaned in
disturbed my roots.
Held in a stone vase,
dying to be careless.
Your ochres give a loose assurance
of summer – its delayed arrival
and stubborn refusal to take hold.
Smudged colour keeps us all awake,
flushes our evening with mauve
for mourning, beats out news
Maria, from Liverpool is the author of 3 pamphlets. She is the recipient of
The Peggy Poole Award, 2020/1 and a New North Poet Award, 2017/8.
Maria is writer in residence for Mersey Care, and creates and edits the
hand-stitched poetry journal, Coast to Coast to Coast.