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
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
When we look left, right, left,
it is the Green Cross Code
We step off the kerb,
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.
Peter is also Submissions Editor for the UK registered charity, Poems in the Waiting Room, which distributes free poetry cards via GPs’ surgeries –