Walking Down Temple Steps, Paestum

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Longlisted for the Write about Walking A/way competition 2023

Standing at the top is like receiving the ends
    of sun’s rays; weightless, but urgent,
        urging one to enter the glowing arena
           where the gods are watching. Turning away, and looking down,
             earth seems resilient, patterned as it is with inadvertent
                 scraps of stone to give it weight. Almost there:
                    the light turns to shadow; now, earth has lessened,
                          composed of a splitsecond wind through the long grasses
                            that startles the lizard, dilutes the laughter;
                               the school party shrinks to air.

isabella mead

isabella mead

Isabella Mead is Head of Learning at The Story Museum in Oxford. Her debut pamphlet, Dear Rwanda, was published by Live Canon in 2023. 


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