Oystercatchers ~ A poem by Deborah Harvey


One day
the day she’s been waiting for will come

and she’ll take her words with her to the sea
unzip her coat, pull open her ribcage

let them fly as purposely
as oystercatchers

pulling the strings of the sky
and tide

lifting the weight from each blood cell
giving her permission

Deborah Harvey

Oystercatchers, won the 2018 Plough Prize short poem competition, judged by Pascale Petit, and was inspired by Leonora Carrington’s painting, The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg).

Deborah Harvey’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies, broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and awarded several major prizes. Her poetry collections, The Shadow Factory (2019), Breadcrumbs (2016), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Communion (2011), are published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013.

Deborah tweets as @DeborahEHarvey
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/Deborah.Harvey.Writer/
Instagram ~ @deborah_harvey_poet
Website ~ https://theleapingword.com/

Photo credit ~ @jordaneil at http://www.unsplash.com

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