World Poetry Day: Edwin Stockdale




Bruised Grass

Hauled by a Cudworth Mail Engine,
the South Eastern Railway express
from Folkestone to Cannon Street
grey-green like hawthorn.

A lady and her companion
in a first-class compartment.
She wears a bonnet trimmed with arctic fox.
He sits, a skewed coat-stand.

The train gathers momentum.
The lady and her companion do not use words.
His short beard black
as a hedgehog’s nose.

She leans her forehead against the glass.
Where is my child?
They approach Staplehurst.
Clanking, clattering, jerking.

Claret-dark carriages helter-skelter
down the embankment.
A shrew scrambles
through the bruised grass.



Edwin Stockdale‘s debut pamphlet collection, Aventurine, was published in September 2014 by Red Squirrel Press.  He lives in Leeds and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.

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