Please accept our apologies

as we stand with a basket of light,
brighter than its weight in gold.
Cherry-picked too. The old lady
pledged that it could withstand

quite the storm. Perhaps she was right,
but the painted sign says in bold:
Sadly, The Woodlands are closed
due to the weather – no finite pause

amidst felled trees, and our contrite hearts
go back along the narrow road
past tied-up watering cans. The story’s told
a hundred times. Sweet baskets of light

arrive, then thresh about in the wind.



John Rogers is a Nottingham-based writer and tutor. He has studied for an MA in Creative Writing and was recently awarded the NTU Prize in the Dial-a-Poem competition. He gives his two cents on Twitter @JohnR692.