Poem by Sarah James (UK)
Photography by Dan Haynes (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 42
We wear each day’s aura
as a coat. Thin layers
silks of blue, soft whites
or heavy hessian.
Earth and grass shoe us.
I choose dawn for my lips,
frost for party sparkle
and sunlight as warm
mantle for cold skin.
Inspired by Dan Haynes’ photo ‘God’s Rays’.
Never before, this pain in not-knowing,
Not wildlife but great tit, starling, buzzard.
All bird and plant to me; in varying beaks,
passed down, as his Grandad did with him.
a lone black and white, chattering.
Found, out foraging, this lingers –
Sarah James's latest narrative in poems, The Magnetic Diaries, is published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press and she has a poetry collection, plenty-fish, out with Nine Arches Press summer 2015. Her first collection, Into the Yell, (Circaidy Gregory Press) won third prize in the mutli-genre International Rubery Book Awards 2011. She runs the small poetry imprint V. Press and her website is at: www.sarah-james.co.uk and V. Press.
Dan Haynes is a landscape and night photographer from Macclesfield, Cheshire, on the edge of the Peak District in the North West of England. He is a keen hiker, which goes hand in hand with the type of work he likes to produce, working with light and shadow to illuminate a landscape scene. Also a keen night photographer, Dan enjoys using low light to change an otherwise ordinary scene.