Christmas Zine

I’m delighted that my poem ‘Between’ has been included in Mud Press’s Christmas Zine Vol. 2, edited by Nottingham’s poet laureate Georgina Wilding and illustrated by Laura Nielson. The Zine is on sale from Mud Press website, Five Leaves Bookshop, Ideas on Paper & Rough Trade in Nottingham. Happy Christmas!

BETWEEN
Aly Stoneman

Your bikes are locked together
against the lamp post outside the bar.

Inside, people twirl between conversations
like the paper Yule hearts in each window
dancing in updrafts of air.

I wait on the pavement, watching snowflakes vanish
on your flushed pink cheeks as you pull on hats
and gloves, wrap scarves, disentangle the bikes.

You are chatting as you glide away up the road
wingtip to wingtip ā€“ never quite touching ā€“
like geese in formation, flying south for the winter.

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