Encounter by Moonlight

Long listed for the WALKING HOME writing competition run in January & February 2022

Sharp sickle, clean and cutting, 
curves in a neat hug, semi-halo, 
curled crescent new, launching 
a homecoming, glow in the sky, 
a warm grin on a winter’s night 
as if someone had lit a beacon 
to hail the wanderer’s safe return 
by the skirt of the inky park.

The fox and I halt, eye each other, 
who invades whose territory
and who crosses whose path? 
The shock of rust coat, rustling, 
emerges from distant darkness, 
scuttles across road into gardens 
and I similarly home to feed
on anything I can scavenge.

Read more from the Long List of poems and stories submitted to the WALKING HOME writing competition. Watch winning authors reading their work on the video of the Write About Walking Home showcase event that took place on Sunday 25 September 2022.

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Bundle of two illustrated anthologies


David Bottomley is a poet, artist, playwright, and librettist originally from Whitby, Yorkshire. His play, 'Waterton’s Wild Menagerie' was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award, and 'Britain For Breakfast' was a finalist at the Enter Stage Write Awards at...


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