Ama Bolton – Two Poems


Patches of new paving
pale as scar-tissue
where the alders stood

Air rearranges itself
empty now of leaf-gossip
catkin and finch

Into the trees’ absence
sunlight and rain
fall and are gone




Boughs bend
yield and spring back
in tension with the wind
dead leaves rattle
on up-curving twigs

Blunt black buds
incubate leaflets
flowers and seeds
braided bark hides
a stain in the sapwood

On a far wharf
cranes unload timber
saplings arrive
swaddled in sacking
for the Chelsea Show


Since 2006 Ama Bolton has had poems in various anthologies and magazines and was a Bridport Prize-winner in 2008. Until retiring this summer she worked as a gardener. She is the convener of a group of poets who meet monthly in Wells, Somerset.


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