Inside, it’s containment: a smooth shell curving
away into itself, taut around a thin membrane
which closes on its viscous, one-celled strength;

and it’s a silent circling of mass, unused to air,
unexposed to the risk of strange heats,
to the feel and pulse of whatever might change it.

It asks for the sure tap tap against a bowl,
for the press in and parting of thumbs,
for brokenness.



Liz Lefroy is a Senior Lecturer in Social Care at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. She was winner of the 2011 Roy Fisher Prize and 2016 Café Writers Prize and published three pamphlets, most recently Mending The Ordinary.