Bridget Khursheed

Bridget Khursheed

Into Clearings

Imagine a wood it is dark and warm
its damp places trackable through reed wet 
the briared lochan its infinity of spored dust broken

only by a network of smeuse, the dry leaves under backed braes
a custard of spewed fungi over now on a branch
its work is done

imagine this place where appearances aren’t good
air thick insects surfacing from the brack of leaf mould and spatter
of mast, thorns, coppice, shell, egg, lissom slime

and know this is how it should be
the bus that arrived picked up its passengers and departed
returning perhaps late at night to a snug of family life

the need for bright paths?
clear the old wood and see our home tumble into flames.
Bridget Khursheed
Bridget Khursheed

Bridget Khursheed is a poet and geek based in the Borders and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award recipient. Her latest collection is The last days of petrol (Shearsman Books). She is a BTO WeBS voluntary surveyor with a River Tweed stretch and also part of the Scottish Birds journal team.