Poet and freelance writer Maura Dooley was born in Truro, England, and grew up in Bristol.
It’s only a week but already you are slipping
Down cold black chute of history. Postcards.
.Phonecalls. It’s like never having seen the Wall,
Except in pieces on the dusty shelves of friends.
Once I queued for hours to see the moon in a box
Inside a museum, so wild it should have been kept
In a zoo at least but there it was, unremarkable,
A pile of dirt some god had shaken down.
I wait for your letters now: a fleet of strange cargo
With news of changing borders, a heart’s small
Journeys. They’re like the relicts of a saint.
Opening the dry white papers is kissing a bone.