I think of you, as I walk the dog
at the end of day, sun setting.
The trees lit up, burnt orange.
An owl calls
The yellow digger is parked
at the edge of the clearing,
surrounded by felled trees
torn from the roots.
Half the habitat cleared,
nesting birds disturbed,
I think of you.
Your love for wildflowers.
You spent your life in the dark,
mining coal seams,
on your hands and knees.
The orchids have survived this.
How will I survive this?
As if in answer, a tawny owl soars up
from the long rye grass.
Rachel Burns is widely published in journals and anthologies. She was runner-up in the BBC Poetry Proms 2019 competition and her poem broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Her debut poetry pamphlet, ‘A Girl in a Blue Dress’ is published by Vane Women Press. https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/products/a-girl-in-a-blue-dress-by-rachel-burns
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