New poems by Vicky Allen : “Buzzard” “five hundred and forty three years” “Kingfisher”

Buzzard, Bird Of Prey, Animal, Bird


hear me:
high-pitched cry
I am birth
I am light
I am sky
my very feathers speak
force, power

I see you
weighted to Earth
tethered to
creature after creature
slow, slowing
with fade and flinch
a paltry ache
of passing days

you are
soil-bound and
I see you
seeing me
hearing my cry
I will permit this:
I accept your wonder

do you envy
my wide wings
my hard grace
my tender, slaughtering heart?
do you long to
rise, rise
untethered at last?

do you long for
no boundaried heart
no boundaried life?
let us pity each other
you do not know my invisible borders
written in air, woodland
I do not know how
you can bear to be tethered so.

five hundred and forty three years

it is the
five hundred and forty second spring
of this oak

bud and branch
root, shoot
leaf and mossy bark

and I think about an acorn
five hundred and forty three years ago

and I wonder
how half a millennia later
I stand beneath the weight and heft

of an acorn's descent


I looked for the kingfisher
and found a lark

I booked for a pimpernel
and found plantain

I looked for the path
and found the unexpected way

The unlooked for
unhooks me

from pendulum-heavy


Vicky Allen is the author of Broken Things and other tales (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020). She’s been widely published in print and online by journals including Mslexia, Stravaig, Saccharine Poetry, Writers Cafe and others, as well as anthologies published by Proost, Dove Tales, Fevers of the Mind and Black Agnes Press. Her spoken word work Wonderlines was performed at the Edinburgh Book Fringe in 2018 and Fringe at the Yard in 2019. She was a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. Vicky has a forthcoming “Stickleback” micro collection being published with Hedgehog Poetry Press, and is currently working on a full collection. She also practices as an illustrator/artist as well as working in the charity sectorFind Vicky on Twitter and Instagram @bringonthejoy 

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Vicky Allen

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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