Sheena Blackhall

Gold Star - 6,677 Points (18/8/1947 / Aberdeen)

Once - Poem by Sheena Blackhall

Once I was sun-bitten legs,
Helping to load the peats on my uncle’s cart

Once I read Jane Eyre in a locked-down ward
Where demons danced between the changeful bedknobs

Once I waded a burn, my ankles shackled in ice
The snow-wreaths borne on the waves like Jesus thorns

Once a falling leaf skimmed past my ear
A cobweb in a ghostly funfair tunnel,
A frisson of fright

Once I saw a pool of starlings fly
Spilling and pouring together again, like quicksilver

Once, I tasted honey from the hive
I knew that bees were really fallen angels,
Sweetening our days with buzzings and delight

Topic(s) of this poem: past

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 29, 2015

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