The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Clarissa Aykroyd: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Clarissa Aykroyd (Canada/ UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 45






Some nights, he walks from the silent house

out to the chalky light of the cliffs.

He sees into the night sky’s loneliness,

reads the hands and faces of the stars.

He takes their pulse, and thinks of the doctor.


Some nights, he gazes down to Eastbourne.

The pier is a bell of light on the sea.

He hears the hum of distant thoughts, those lives

like the flash and flow of the beehive.

His mind is listening to them, in darkness.


About the Poet

Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, Canada. She now lives in London, England and has also lived in Dublin, Ireland. Her work has appeared in Lighthouse, The Island Review, The Missing SlateShot Glass JournalAnd Other Poems and Ink Sweat & Tears, and in anthologies. She was a contributor to Ireland'sThe Gathering Poem and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star (

Image: 'Late afternoon' by Hernán Piñera.