Magpie Lawn

There they are
the two magpie brothers
strutting their message
across the lawn.

she watched
from the high wide window
halfway up the stairs.
Standing on the stairs.
Watching as the magpies spread
their lonely black white message
across the pretty garden.

Trying to get both birds
in sight at once.
One his familiar
one hers.
Both blank black white.
But they are one of each
not two for joy.



After working in film and academic research Rebecca Shamash trained as a psychotherapist with a special interest in the therapeutic use of creative writing. She has work most recently published in Stand Magazine and shown as an animation on London Underground.