Poem by Morgan Downie (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 45
out on the ice the fishermen
shamble like bears, huddled
around their boreholes, waiting
we crouch in houses painted
red as blood, shrouded in ice
lights trembling in winter dark
in the birch wood only the elk move,
antlers bearded with frost, each
exhalation a factory of breath
between window cracks chrysalids wait
for the spidered glass to melt, our frosted
skin to split and open into green summer
Morgan Downie writes short stories and poetry and is a visual artist. His first collection stone and sea was published by Calder Wood press. This was followed by distances, a Romanian- English photo-poetry collection, and a lazarus, a chapbook length collection that was shortlisted for the Qartsilunni Prize. He has been shortlisted for the Macallan Orange short story prizes and the Bridport poetry prize.
Image: 'Baby sitting Butterfly' by Loowgren.