Chantress by Susie McComb

Chantress Snaking briar Kiss the ground Make a root Where you’re found   Snick and snag Kitten claws Do your worst Little thorns   Overgrow Overthrow Nature’s way Hammer home   He is gone He who strimmed Beat you back Lopped your limbs   Dragged you forth Burnt your dead Boiled your young Smeared his … Continue reading Chantress by Susie McComb

Summer’s Last by Harry Gallagher

Summer’s Last As the seafront echoes to talk of icecream weather and how the washing can wait until the morning   and all-walked-out children piggyback up the slipway on crispyskinned parents who are planning for bedtime,   hemmed in behind the bars of an offshore windfarm, awaiting its jailbreak, Autumn gathers its anvils. As I … Continue reading Summer’s Last by Harry Gallagher