Hair fell at her feet

Cushioning her prayers

Her silhouette firm

Against changing winds

The cold nights drove in

Hid between her ribs

Pew seats polished hard

Lessons harder still

Dust cannot settle

On a turning page



Winston Plowes lives aboard his floating home in Calderdale with his lucky black cat, Fatty. He teaches creative writing and was Poet in Residence for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2012-14. His collection of surrealist poetry Telephones, Love Hearts & Jellyfish, Electric Press was published in 2016.


Sister Blossoms

Deep in the fastness beyond this glen
A blossom pines tethered to a stump
Sister blossoms on trees soar above the fen
Watch loftily the withering tulip slump

Proud, aloof, beautiful; petals held high
And a cold sour tear-drop sealed in a sigh



Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Studying life, languages and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her.

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