Sanctuary and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Sanctuary Altar surround, the sanctuary - it’s holy ground, bared soles, atone, for I have trod with loosened thongs, where even angels fear to tread, and souls exposed, by spirit fed a sentinel, saint sentry point. Yet killing field those turbulent - Becket, Luwum, Romero, priests, for shame exposed, unwelcome voice, seed … Continue reading Sanctuary and Other Poems

Touchstone and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Touchstone My hero’s nature seen in the field, landscape laid for bloom and seed, words worth reading, learning creed, where heart buried, under ground. Hearts unaware, sink, daffodils - thought gaudy, banded, bucket bunch, an Easter easy, child-mind bribe - this crowded host without a guide, no manual, dead heading, scythe, flow … Continue reading Touchstone and Other Poems

First Fall and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth First Fall My chassis sashay unreturned - I cannot rise from weeding bed; where couch grass spread, snapdragon split, I’m splayed, pride punctured by the blades, and love-lies-bleeding in the tilth. It’s not the autumn, falling leaves - progressive failing of my limbs, dyskinesia taking hold and tremor shaking confidence, but garden … Continue reading First Fall and Other Poems

Notebooks and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Notebooks The beetle carried rainbow, iridescence in the black; it scurried from my bootstraps, submerged, buried beneath muck. Colour frequent underground, stealing treasure from our eyes, good reason for us digging, to unearth the pirate’s horde. I notice it when talking to shy backward-stepping folk - reluctant rays from limelight, momentary centre … Continue reading Notebooks and Other Poems