ANIMALS by Gareth Culshaw
by Gareth Culshaw
She thinks of animals now,
stroking fur and feeding lips
with bottles of milk. Her joints
are still undecided, hiding pain
in her eyes. The animals give her
something to be proud of, listening
to their hearts as she cradles
or holds each one. Her pen follows
the teacher’s lips like smoke after
a steam train. She has come back
to us, after a summer of no light.
Hibernation was even mentioned.
I see the sunrise in her cheeks, with
every smile. I hear the wind
in her throat, as her words brew,
and fly around our home.
Gareth Culshaw lives in Wales. He had his first collection out in 2018 by Futurecycle called The Miner. He has his second out early 2020 called Shadows of Tryfan. He is an MFA student for Manchester Met.