10pm on the Steps – Alice Hill

clouds grow and stretch and pull me in

We appreciate Alice Hill’s kind contribution to Voices and the competition. Alice is a music student from York who currently studies in Manchester. As well as being passionate about music and playing the saxophone, Alice also enjoys crafting poetry in her spare time. Thank you for your vivid and thought-provoking offering Alice.

10pm on the steps

cigarette smoke

always ascends in

unique patterns. i like

to watch it

as it dissipates

as it grows yet

disappears. clouds grow

and stretch and pull me in

and draw me close

like he did.

they don’t disappear so quickly. the only

stars are artificial

aeroplanes filled

with people who i’ll never know.

the evening sky

is colder than the wind

that seethes beneath it. a smudge

of dull purple with grey cobwebs in its

corners. i suppose

the night doesn’t wish to distract from

his eyes. the scene

mustn’t be too beautiful for a moment like

this. our thoughts

ricochet and

never end. but

the clouds are a salvo for the sky

just as the mouth

is a salvo for the


Alice Hill, Manchester

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