Oystercatchers : Deborah Harvey


One day

the day she’s been waiting for will come

and she’ll take these words with her to the sea

unzip her coat, pull open her ribcage

let them fly as purposely

as oystercatchers

pulling the strings of the sky

and tide

lifting the weight from each blood cell

giving her permission    


Published in ‘The Shadow Factory’ (Indigo Dreams, 2019)
Winner of the 2018 Plough Prize Short Poem Competition