Keeping Busy – Jessica Wortley

time weighs differently

Jessica is a published poet and teacher of creative writing. She is currently working towards a PhD in creative writing at Teesside University, where she is researching nature writing. Her poetry pamphlet As If We Were The Trees was published in 2015.

Keeping Busy

Clean more thoroughly than usual;

the top of the picture frame, the grooves in the door.

Sweep the garden path, dead-head lupins.

Clear weeds from cracks before

pulling chives one-by-one

for a dinner you may or may not eat.

Walk everywhere, 

notice that between your house and the cliff tops,

time weighs differently.

Feel it in your rib cage, in your ears, in your gut.

See the family of starlings on the wire,

and hear what they say,

wonder at which is the oldest,

and at where they go to when they need to feel peace.

Jessica Wortley

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