Poem by Rachel Wood (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 41
Poem selected by Georgina Mexía-Amador for the Ofi Press/ YPN collaboration competition
Image: "Yuk Rain!" by Avidly Abide.
Ridiculous hail storm!!
The clouds gathered their boredom
and timed it just right,
we were caught between the clap of
OUR NOISY HEARTS
earth and sky’s palms.
My umbrella heard everything
and folded it up for later:
did you see what she was wearing
at Ellie’s last night she was
COVERED IN THUNDER
totally utterly asking for it
brown eyes literally beseeching
I mean did you hear how
noisy her heart was?
Loud as virgin snow,
and all the way there I'm thinking
of the clattering pens fixed on
capturing the glittery first drift,
there are fifty words for that
and it’s still not quite pinpointed,
our poets rashly enamoured with
winter’s unravish'd bride of quietness,
I mean who is this girl??
My friend Ellie thinks
thunderstorms are much sexier,
she’s got storms in her heart,
she’s in love,
I kissed her outside the door when we arrived
THE UMBRELLAS SAID NOTHING
and by sunrise, we were snowed in
over our heads.