Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

Once Upon a Playing Field

dark winter-contorted trees
with silence’s speed stalk

a brigade of white shirts & braces
boys’ faces tightened towards

one eye

heels pressed to heels, knees
bent the space

between their legs
Sheila Na Gig diamonds

each boy’s birth is formed
from his own frame

the black trees grasp
the boys’ faces as branchy

wrinkles unfurling from
around their eyes

at last twig-crack
each boy’s waters

break and tree parts of
their old-man selves crackle

out from their fruitful postures


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