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Anna Saunders: a poem

A Warning to the Fisher King

Night is a black cape thrown open

to reveal

the white-dove moon.

You toss the net with a sorcerer's flourish.

Fisher King – you try to dredge your heart

but what you reach is fathomless, the waves as sharp as knives.

When you drag your mesh

minnows dart like impulses you can't contain.

Broken king, lurching with your line,

mistaking your shadow

for love.

Anna Saunders is the author of Communion (Wild Conversations Press), Struck (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and the Fox (Indigo Dreams), and Ghosting for Beginners (Indigo Dreams). Her new book is Feverfew (Indigo Dreams). She is also the Executive Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival and works as a creative writing tutor and mentor, communications specialist, journalist, broadcaster and copywriter/editor. You can find her, and her publications, here.


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