what will you do now you’re alone in the sun

ask your shadow to leave you for a while

send your shadow to market where it can
frighten chickens, the women selling red powder

let your shadow enter the forest of tall trees
stroke the snouts of grunting boars, count

silent horses
slow breaths

just nod if you’re feeling giddy     floating

above your footsteps
above the wavy grey line




Fokkina McDonnel’s poems have been widely published, anthologised, and nominated for the Forward Prize. Many have been successful in competitions. She has two collections and a pamphlet published. (Nothing serious, nothing dangerous her second collection, is published Indigo Dreams.)  Fokkina received a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North in 2020.  Website/blog: https://www.acaciapublications.co.uk