... and to mark it, I'm posting my poem 'Oystercatchers', which recently won the 2018 Plough Prize Short Poem Competition. (Still haven't quite integrated that information into my life.)
And also some photos of Uphill Slipway in Somerset, which is the landscape I had in my head when I wrote it.
Uphill is where, according to local folklore, the boy Jesus landed with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, en route for Glastonbury. For me it has a deeply creative, rather more pagan resonance that feels just as divine.
‘Aujourd’hui, maman est morte’
‘L’étranger’, Albert Camus
the day she’s been waiting for will come
and she’ll take these words with her to the sea
unzip her coat, pull open her ribcage
let them fly as purposely
pulling the strings of the sky
lifting the weight from each blood cell
giving her permission
©Deborah Harvey 2019
'Oystercatchers'is from my forthcoming collection, The Shadow Factory, which will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing later this summer.