I cannot sleep.
Tonight, the invisible crabs are pinching my nightdress,
pouring sand into the folds of the cloth.
I can not sleep,
they say tonight, there are too many fish in the ocean.
They are insisting,
clicking and pinching,
skittering across my pillow.
I must save the fish from being swept away.
Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe is a Poet & Mum from Dukinfield. She has two pamphlets (from Half Moon Books & Hedgehog Press) and her First Collection was published by Indigo Dreams in 2021.Her work has appeared in various Anthologies and Journals. Twitter: @ZSHowarthLowe; Website: https://www.zshowarthlowe.com