ephemeral tides
of a faulty sweat-tap
bits of rubbish

with lives of their own
to form
a gallery

accidental sculptures
shapes escape
plop and drop
to land
celebrating moisture

drop from crevices
or fall flightless

where moisture and
work together

witches or ghosts
or even a dancing

we can dispute
telling a tale

or archetypes

making me smile
to his drumbeat
and jesus dance
to his tune

their ephemeral
mayfly lives

cast-off words falling to the ground.


Kate Rigby is widely published and has been writing for over four decades. She writes mainly gritty or retro novels, but also non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She recently co-edited a hard-hitting poetry book on disability assessments.