See this light-as-a-feather coracle of love,
constructed from jetsam and shavings,
fibres and twigs, each stem of grass,
every strand of moss, snagged wool,
shaken-out tuft of hair, woven
with care to the curve of cupped palms,
hands shaped to a gesture of giving –
birthplace, nursery, schoolroom, home.
Listen! This bowl is singing.
Stephen Boyce lives in north Dorset. He is the author of three poetry collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010), The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014) and The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams 2019), and of three poetry pamphlets. Stephen is co-founder of Winchester Poetry Festival. You can find him here: www.stephenboycepoetry.com.