November 27, 2010 § 2 Comments
The gulls stuck to the sky are torn
tissue paper, the sea’s foam a loose
white thread. The memory rises from
the waves, a mermaid wanting legs,
sharp to her as daggers. You ran in to
the surf laughing; your child-skin immune
to its cold slap. Now all that’s left is
a dent in the water, a bubble of air.
July 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
This bauble of belly must be a mirage.
Is this what the angel meant
when he whispered, just out of range,
the word imp?
One day this will be yours, a neat
rendering of a story, a page scrambled
with baby footprints. One magpie
means sorrow, two the joy you regain.
This boy-child’s a magnet
and your heart’s a painter –
sky-broad brushstrokes teaming
on canvas. A brand new era.
May 28, 2010 § 4 Comments
We come, a spillage of school trips and coach parties, to look at the black thumb-print of a lonely bird muddying the horizon. The cheerleaders can ra-ra-ra all they want but what difference does it make? His beak’s a syringe to your soft wet eyeball. You’ve enough crossings-outs to make a fence with, all that’s left is the rip in what’s not there.
The atlas reads like a sonnet. If only you could understand the moment something upped and went. This black bird folds his wings behind his back and says I’m the flight away you never took, I’m all your hard edges, you at your most simple, I’m your innocence. There’s a sting of cheap alcohol on his bird breath.
I’m not the one in a cage! He yells,
jabbing his rigid little wing against your cheek bone. Soon all you’ll have is this caught-on-repeat recollection of a drunken blackbird spouting truisms on a rock. Off you shuffle, past the bird-shit and, even if you can’t see it, behind the high buildings, the stone angels with their chipped wings, the horizon is still there, a slow wave advancing its way towards you.
April 7, 2010 § 7 Comments
The stories we heard about Nina,
how she’d walk out half way
through a gig for no reason at all.
After her death we found out how ill
she’d been, but it didn’t stop us loving
her and the ache in her voice.
She taught us that a fist can block
out the sun, but it shines anyway.
The summer light illuminates
a red party dress hanging in the window.
You were his little darling, so much
trust wasted in the bullets of his hands.
Poem – Copyright Naomi Woddis 2010
February 18, 2010 § 7 Comments
What a Dog Sees
in a puddle of water
is not just his reflection
but the barks of other dogs
their yelps falling
in new rain
splashing a dance
in pre-breakfast air
other paws muddy with joy
then tilts his wet nose
some have bad people in them
they do not feed his brothers
and steal the wag
from happy tails
what a dog sees
are the circles
by those on two legs
lack of courage
over cooked meals
so much water
and the memory of almost drowning
in his puppy paws
head cocked his ears
a net to capture
all this human chatter
and wonders what this world
with all this talking
January 10, 2010 § 12 Comments
December 9, 2009 § 6 Comments
Today I saw them both
in a photograph. Him
the new king, back
a hard won throne.
Her face cross-hatched
with worry, wearing
pretty pink eye-shadow
and a smile meant
only for pictures.
I still have the bouquet,
hardened to darkness,
its shadow jagged
as a dancer. Red
as the cry of first sex.