Migraine day

Two charged wires, that shouldn’t meet,
are touching

and – deeply –

a tenderness of bright red ulcer
pulses. The sky is the colour

of unrequited fights
and love bites.

The magpies are nervy.

The weather – saw-toothed
and pissed – is expressing

its views on the human
condition. Download

some frantic techno – it smooths
the brain waves – a little.

Afternoon’s glass tube will splinter.

Put it down and be sick.
Lash yourself to the frame

of this godawful day.
Then name it.


June Wentland lives in Wiltshire but remains boundlessly proud of coming from Hull. She’s had poems published in many magazines and her first novel Foolish Heroines is to be published in 2021.