You kneel on the bank to cup the water
because you want to forget
but you could swallow half the river and not still
the stories in your head.
All night it runs
churning the random
possessions of the dead.
In fits, you imagine the last steps
of those who loved you
how they ambled
in the pitch of night
towards what they hoped
You tilt your face
and there on the river’s a swallow
dipping its beak
to scoop up striders
scuttering across the surface
There’s a terrible thirst to be found
Maggie Sawkins lives in Portsmouth and delivers creative writing projects in community and health care settings. Her live literature production ‘Zones of Avoidance’, inspired by her personal and professional involvement with addiction, won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Maggie is the founder and organiser of Tongues&Grooves in the Community. www.hookedonwords.me
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