18+ poetry category
The Season of Change
by Karen Waldron
Cherry blossom in full vigour, tulips thrusting their crimson cups skyward
Granular grape hyacinth nestling in the borders, daffodils crisping to brown
Black-cloaked crows fly to their nests, starlings gargle their frothy songs from the silver birch
Tadpoles shimmer in the coppery water, a brimstone toasting itself on the marsh marigolds
Even now, everything is at it should be.
Pictures of rainbows in the windows and in chalk on the pavements
An Italian flag flaps, half-mast, in the eerie quiet outside The Crown
People in masks, and long queues for flour, eggs and sausages outside the shops
In the graveyard a woman walks her pug in her dressing gown
Right now, everything is not as it should be.