In a moment of absence

The road whispers
in a language not heard these seventy years

the sea eats only its pebbles
and can be heard calling its kinfolk

who listen can listen
now the sea can be heard

and all the candy floss falls strangely silent
hoping for some tongue some

lips to stir and noise
the blue of this place

which insists once more in singing
the lapwing a curlew’s song




Julian Brasington lives in North Wales.  His poem ‘Home to the Hebrides’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears in June 2020.  Further poems have appeared recently in Stand, Channel, Dust, Black Bough Poetry, and in the newspaper Morning Star.  He tweets @littorallines