pictures@maryevans.com | +44(0)20 8318 0034
 ABOUT  PICTURES    BLOGS  CONTACT  LOG IN   SIGN UP

Picture 13497572, photograph by Chester Vaughan, image copyright Mary Evans

Beautiful Head
by Robin Houghton

 

regular as the tides123456come taxis

their drivers call in a secret code

lives ferment12345up here

 

five hundred feet nearer to heaven

or hell1234567depending on your view

hawthorns bend inland

 

anxious12345they point the way back

and the wind offers briefings

to whoever will listen:

 

not the shrieking students123456hair

flapping in delight12345678a selfie stick

from the edge

 

as if one extra step123456would never

jigger the cliff1234567out of its slumber

its Mesozoic peace

 

maybe the silent ones:12345the woman

who melts to air when nobody’s

looking1234567the man

 

who hears freedom in the call of gulls

or a chaplain’s voice1234567steady

persisting

 

 

© Robin Houghton

Picture 13497572, photograph by Chester Vaughan, image copyright Mary Evans

 

 

Note: The name Beachy Head derives from Beau Chef, ‘beautiful head’.

 

 

Robin Houghton’s fourth poetry pamphlet Why? And other questions was a joint winner of the Live Canon Pamphlet Competition 2019. Recent work has appeared in Stand, The Rialto, The Frogmore Papers, The North, Magma. She is the author of A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines and is co-host of the Planet Poetry podcast. robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk

 

ABOUT How to use us
Our history
Usage examples
Newsletter
Testimonials
PICTURES Artists' directory
Celebrity Anniversaries
Historical Anniversaries
Contributor Collections
Mood boards
Buy prints
SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
CONTACT / LEGAL Contact us
Terms & conditions
Privacy policy
Cookies
Unsubscribe