Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

A Tree Does Not Lie (Probably)

hidden

at the back
hollow
shaped like
a cleft of alien skin
gossamer remains
where spiders built
their summer homes
now torn
and filling with dead leaves

                             (hand inside
                              silk line
                              tap tap
                              nothing
she is dead or sleeping)

inside

orange hedge
a plastic scrap
garbage hanging
limp over a branch
“This Pepsi contains 0 calories”
or something else draped
in flag’s colours

                              (among
                                leaves
                                one feather
                                pigeon coloured
                                memory of the bull pigeons
                                making
                                Elizabethan necks
                                now gone
                                hiding from so many trampling feet)

scattered over
soggy ground
a dotted line of white
like bones leading

                            (underneath
                              pale leaves
                             broken mushrooms
                             split down the middle
                             by a footprint

                            cover back up
                            for modesty)

above

in beak
bird carries
back to nest
a large round thing
                          (caught wandering)
a snail, maybe
forgot to stay
hidden

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