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January by Hayley Shields

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Title: January
Author: Hayley Shields
Number: 43/100
Allocated postcode: EH10

January

Tenements blush as weather
changes the colour of their skin.
From their eyes we’ve seen
hogmanay explosions
dye small corners of our sky.
But now, all around – in gardens;
through mushed tracks
by the Hermitage,
hard with frost; the hostile
trickle of the Braid burn;
even the overgrown rails
of Morningside Station –
the hush of midnight whispers.
A murmur rippling through
the silver edged blades
of grass, as they bathe
in muddled starlight.
The smell of smoke hovers
over these slush-scarred streets.
Footprints weigh heavy
as the ground clings to my feet,
glutinous, greedy to stick
close to anything warm.

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