earth shadow, Poem, Poetry

Jane Lovell

Almost bunting

Almost bunting, this
sway of light glimpsed
through reeds unravelling
across the pool,
its dizzy surface undecided
and shifting.

Beak strips glumes
of remembered light,
sends bright splints of song
and seed-float into sunlight;
wisps of Phragmites australis
whisper of lost days.

Silt-bound, invisible,
knuckles of rhizome anchor
the Earth to its dazzle of water,
hold it fast;
there is always darkness
however bright the song.


Jane Lovell is an award-winning poet whose work focuses on our relationship with the planet and its wildlife. Her latest collection This Tilting Earth is published by Seren.¬†Jane also writes for Dark Mountain and Elementum Journal. She is Writer-in-Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Her new collection ‘God of Lost Ways’ is forthcoming from Indigo Dreams Press later this year.

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