POETRY: Scene by Penny Sharman

Penny is an artist, photographer, therapist and poet, mother, grandmother and sweeper of wooden floors. Penny has a varied approach to writing and is inspired by natural landscapes, especially coastal paths and the edges of things. She has just completed an MA in creative writing at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk Lancs, which is well known for experimental works. Penny has poems published in magazines and anthologies and is working towards a pamphlet and collection. 

Image: Samuel Palmer – A Hilly Scene (1826-28)


 

It’s twilight
stars behind the trees

a man knocks with knuckle bone

his lantern tells of
seedheads
cowparsley
goldenleaves
fallen to dirt

this ivy is a creeper
this bat a flyer

news like four bad apples
rot under naked feet                            the turn being

amber copper gold
burnt umber

a man knocks with knuckle bone

palm to us
shadows in the centre
stigmata white skin

light is light is light is

suggests time   space     life   death
portals
veils
thin   thinner   thin

middle eastern worlds with stars and moons
a lantern with golden thread around his wrist

palm to us
shadows in the centre
stigmata white skin

It’s starlight
Dark behind the trees