- blindly in denial
- straight in the eye – speaking
using only short
- as a list maker –
– sit down for socks
– don’t pay the milkman
– press green button after number
– eat Magnums
– rations? Ask.
- through the bottom of your brandy glass
- like a puppeteer doing an end-of-season run on a Victorian pier
- as a wake.
a living decade
under vigilant watch
- as the shuffle of a solo chain gang.
you get bigger in the pane
the mottled father figure
defrosting in the light
to wriggle with your keys
like a fire juggler in lesson one
you do not ask who I am
in addition, the chain is not on.
Jane Thomas has been writing poetry in some form for most of her life, but over the last few years has been working on her craft and spending more time with words. She finds writing poetry both therapeutic and inspiring. She has had the honour of being published in the Oakland Art Review, The Oxford Student, and the Esalen People Magazine.She has just started a creative writing course at The University of Oxford and is enjoying working with published and inspirational tutors. Previously she has enjoyed short courses at The Arvon Foundation, The Gladstone library, and Esalen. She is an active member of the Swansea Writing Circle and The Oxford Poetry Centre and a member of the Poetry Society. She has read at Green Templeton College, Oxford, The Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, and Common Ground, Oxford. She is working on her first pamphlet and is enjoying taking her words out to the world.