New poem – Moving

On October 3rd I moved from London to Colchester. In Castle Park the trees were also in a state of flux and so I wrote this short poem.


When we arrived the new town
was dressing itself in autumn

kicking a golden slipper
out from behind green curtains

flaring scarlet underskirts
to let us know it would be beautiful

flipping each leaf over like a card
and every one a winner

reminding us that boxes
could play alone with their shadows

and the season would unfurl
like an old cat waking up in sunlight

most alive most radiant at this,
the beginning of its dying.


The brilliant Eventus Magazine, which publishes stories and interviews relating to travel, has just featured a piece I wrote on Iceland. Also worth reading is Sean Rowland’s story ‘A Home Unknown’ about returning to his birthplace of Quito, Ecuador, which he left when he was three years old.

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