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Marcia Hindson: a poem

Holmlea, Revisited

Begin with the noise of birds; an owl.

Add the wind, the absence of rain.

Stir in the silence of an abandoned

house. Imagine the sigh

of an attic hatch as it opens:

the staleness of that breath of air.

The whisper of wigs grown feral

without a scalp to comfort them.

The murmur of silverfish swimming

through books stunted by darkness.

Consider the stories that were swallowed here.

Memories of bairns scratching maps along

the joists as, outside,

it snowed and snowed.

Two ghosts that gulp broken DNA

through reservoirs of inherited blood.

Bin bags full to bursting with forgotten Lego cities

unloosened to ruins in a haar of melancholia.

Footsteps, familiar despite their distance;

a pair of eyes that cannot bring themselves to see.

Watch the rafters billow with sad spectres

of the wide-hearted child she used to be.

Marcia Hindson has work published or forthcoming in The Interpreter's House, Tears In The Fence, Bare Fiction, Obsessed With Pipework, Riggwelter, and Atrium, among others. Born in the north of England in a small mining village, that strange landscape influences her work and the way she processes the world.

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