Poets Corner

Peter Wallis, poet and member of TwinsUK, is the winner of several Open Poetry competitions.  The poem below is from Peter’s recent poetry pamphlet Articles of Twinship which was one of two runners-up in the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015, as judged by award winning poet Andrew McMillan.

THE SUBTLE ART OF CROSSING A ROAD

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When we drift to the edge

of the pavement, nothing’s been said.

Simply, we move as a shoal.

A pod of two, taking a curve,

the one on the outside

lengthens his stride. The other slows

automatically. Turning our heads,

is a murmuration of starlings

at dusk.

When we look left, right, left,

it is the Green Cross Code

choreographed.

We step off the kerb,

synchronised

like a tai-chi evening-class.

Mounting the other side,

we’re circus. We’re noticed.

We’re liberty horses lifting our hooves

to no applause.

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Peter is also Submissions Editor for the UK registered charity, Poems in the Waiting Room, which distributes free poetry cards via GPs’ surgeries –
http://www.poemsinthewaitingroom.org/