Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

A Tree Does Not Lie (Probably)


at the back
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
she is dead or sleeping)


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

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

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

                              pale leaves
                             broken mushrooms
                             split down the middle
                             by a footprint

                            cover back up
                            for modesty)


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


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