The air ticks – the wandering, wild strum of it
breaking through me, rattling the pebbles
like long-dried bones.
The wind whines – the banshee bawl of it,
screaming through ginnels of granite,
on the high moor.
The land shivers, pulling its coat of gorse
and heather tight round its ears,
shrugging me off.
And the earth drinks the sky.
Yorkshirewoman Louise Wilford is an English teacher and examiner. She has had around 60 poems and short stories published in magazines including Popshot, Pushing Out The Boat and Agenda, and has won or been shortlisted for several competitions. She is currently writing a children’s fantasy novel.