Affinity to Stardust

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Longlisted for the Write about Walking A/way competition 2023


She lay panting in the long grass.
Her breath mists the evening air,
as daylight squints into dusk,
and fireflies strike their tinders,
guiding the last rays of sun
to nestle through the trees,
and find a bed for the night

A single wind turbine stands silent
on top of the hill, arms wide, much like
a cross on another hill a long time ago.
A stream runs down to the woods,
Every splash and ripple,
a melody of wind and wilderness.

Early rising stars rub sleep
from their eyes and shuffle into position.
Moles snout blind for worms up for air.
The first bat squawks, testing its sonar.
Owls preen their feathers ready to hunt,
while the woodland loam shivers
at the hint of a night-frost to come.

She has come far.
The sounds of horns,
hooves, jaws, long behind.
Relief she has led
the blood-frenzy
away from her babies.

A mother's dilemma,
of survival or sacrifice,
weighs heavy as she looks up to see
a shooting star cut a tear in the sky,
before making its escape
from unseen cosmic predators
through the torn fabric of night.

Padding cautious, her senses
accept the safety of shadows,
where she can sleep,
wrapped in the curl of her brush;
dream of the cubs and of her affinity
to a speck of stardust, hoping
it, too, has found rest this night.

john bowen

john bowen

John Bowen is a retired social worker from South London, He has written poetry for many years and more recently has had several published.

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