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Picture 10188859, engraving, circa 1880, image copyright Mary Evans

Slow loris
by Don Gordon


With saucer brown eyes

I sit with motionless intent

watching each deliberate movement

mine and yours


By cover of night

I move with slow stealth

reaching for trees, chewing bark

under the radar of slithering skies


A faintly lit window

reveals your anguished pace

spasms, searing pain, grimaces

trembling hands circle a lower back


In this mirror-like world

your activity slows to mine

 restrictions sealed in fated time

etched across backbones of decay


Our eyes grow moist

yours in spikes of pain

mine from tender grasping

a shared branch across the ages


In your sleep

I will enter your dreams

and fill all your tomorrows

with the graces of moving slow


© Don Gordon

Picture 10188859, engraving, circa 1880, image copyright Mary Evans



Originally from Toronto, now living near Liverpool, Don Gordon is an emerging poet with a particular interest in travel and eco-poetry, using a wide range of poetic forms including haibun, sonnet and free verse. He has taken several courses in creative writing at CityLit and his writing is informed by a career working in conservation and education, including 10 years teaching students with learning and communication difficulties. He also has a background in Mindfulness and recently wrote a chapter on the effects of mindfulness on children with autistic spectrum condition in the publication Mindful Heroes: stories of journeys that changed lives (Inspired by Learning, 2019). A keen outdoorsman, Don has hiked large sections of the Appalachian Trail and has always enjoyed the poetry of authors such as Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry in their appreciation of the natural world. One of the projects Don is currently working on is writing a collection of poems aimed at addressing the climate and biodiversity crises that we are currently facing.


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