James Cramphorn




Plotting for Kisses


The girl from up the stairs is plotting for kisses.

While making her lips taste of tea leaves before painting them,

she collects the stormy weather to darken her light eyes with.

The girl leans back and turns her hand into a piece of art,

or a photograph of two lovers.


She slips inside of stained glass and roams through dusk

in shades of purple, blue, and milky white angel wings.

She casts aside her identity for just a few hours

and pretends that she is anyone you want her to be,

while never changing her smile.


You can hold onto her, around the slender waist,

but only with a grip as weak as autumn light,

before she passes back out into the night,

swooning into the pages of history books,

like all good stereotypes.




James Cramphorn was born in Southampton and currently lives in York, studying English Literature and Creative Writing at York St John University. His poetry has been featured in York St John’s Create festival, during Create 11 and Create 12.

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