Susan Taylor




No One Expects Stars

they’re dead sharp like fossils
or dance steps of snowdrops.
Their chief weapon is surprise…
lightness and surprise.

Their two chief weapons
are lightness,
and team spirit.

Among their weaponry
are such diverse elements
as surprise and pale determination,
like the white in human hair.

White as a signpost, or broken line
down the centre of the road,
a night sky is a snowfield
with silver drifts of hedges

hanging around for a footfall.
The touch of a voice
triggers avalanche…
walk beneath with care.



Susan Taylor has seven published collections and a pamphlet, The Weather House, written in collaboration with Simon Williams, was published by Indigo Dreams. Her collaborative spoken word shows include The Weather House and La Loba – Enchanting the Wild. Website:

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