Poems - Issue 3
Highly Commended: Josephine L. Martin - Girl, Lost
Photograph: 'Godwit’s silhouette' by Helen Calver
Josephine L. Martin is a scientist on maternity leave, enjoying the opportunity to do some writing while breastfeeding her daughter. She started writing fiction in June 2016 and Girl, Lost is her first poem. She lurks on Twitter @JosephineWriter.
A life in the shallows,
where the tide is but the final note
of an eel-catcher's yellow lung;
her reflection pierces time
and billows, then falls
to silken sky
leaving no shadow to be caught
by the bayonets of waiting reed soldiers,
captives of mud that shifts grain by grain
without motive or course.
Now she is light, at last
at home in wisps of mist,
her whispers weightless, free;
where the boundless is
found, and none will find
her; where welcomes
wide as outstretched wings
spill with the call of the gulls.
Josephine L. Martin