the other side of nowhere – Paul Waring


It announces itself in muted shades of light –

returns from nowhere 


to stretch taut skin of summer into shadows 

to shed above baked earth 


that hears tangled webs of parched root

whisper need for change. 


Autumn stands solemnly

with hands to deliver last rites; 


pulls down mist to lay moist sheets

on musty carpet, wraps a blanket


of cold around the body 

of winter, locks life like a vice


until sharpened light of spring 

signals release. 


And the promise 

of new beginnings on March winds 


that arrive back 

from the other side of nowhere.


IMG_6036Paul Waring is a retired clinical psychologist who once designed menswear and was a singer/songwriter in several Liverpool bands. His poems have appeared in journals/sites including Reach Poetry, Eunoia Review, The Open Mouse and are forthcoming in Clear Poetry and Amaryllis. He recently returned from living in Spain and Portugal and continues to enjoy being re-acquainted with the wonderful variety of nature in Wirral and other parts of Britain. His blog is