Sunday Mornings

You place the pieces on the table
pendulum  rocker-arm  weights  escape wheel

use a toothbrush      frisk the cogs

There is a limit to tightening the time
a risk of breaking

The grandfather should not be tilted
sideways  backwards  or  forwards

It must stand as if it supports the sky



Sally Festing’s sixth collection will be published in 2021 with KFS. Others followed journalism, radio plays, academic studies, biographies of Gertrude Jekyll, Barbara Hepworth, and other non-fiction. She has been published in a large number of magazines, see (