Gerald England

Tanka 11

tar wagon pulls in
to moor-top carpark, off-loads
two wicker baskets-
three dozen pigeon sweep out
circle twice, then head for home

Vacation Time

Through the windy pass
frozen waterfalls cling to fell sides
In the valley park
the river is rapid with melt
To a young boy
swans are just big ducks
The bypass-building bulldozers
menace bank-holiday traffic

At nightfall
the weather howls between trees
Over the radio
comes news of strife and hardship
minds are still with sleep
Puzzle solutions
are put back to bed again

The Bay At The Back Of The Ocean

At the Bay-at-the-back-of-the-ocean
a boy wrote his name in white sand
and drew a rude picture of mummy
whilst his brother picked at the grains
and bottom-shuffled towards the blue

Hidden behind the cow-climbed Dun
beyond the sheep-trodden tees and greens,
at the Bay-at-the-back-of-the-ocean
where the machair stretches smooth and clean
a man and wife looked toward more distant isles

At the Bay-at-the-back-of-the-ocean
a boy cried out to the warming wind
and waved at the royal Atlantic
whilst his brother crawled towards daddy,
sand penetrating nappy, caking face

Whilst others ascended to the Abbey
one walked, one buggied, with parents trekked
to the Bay-at-the-back-of-the-ocean
searching for colours in rocks hiding pools
and crevices where pink flowers grew

Gerald England is a British poet, living on the edge of the Pennines 
with his lace-making wife, a son and a Manchester terrier. 
He has been active on the Small Press Scene for over 27 years 
and edits New Hope International. He has published ten collections 
of poetry and been translated into several languages. His work has 
also appeared on various websites and he is a member of Cyberscribers, 
a group of writers on the Internet. Gerald's new collection of poetry LIMBO TIME
 with a foreword by Mabel Ferrett will be published early in 1998. 

Poetry by Gerald England

This webpage originally appeared on the Conspire website.
Web page recoded by Gerald England
This page last updated: 4th February 2007.