Phil Wood – Two Poems

Calabria

A shepherd slumbers beneath an olive tree
whilst a crowd of bells
chime through an open gate.

The herder’s skin is baked as brown as clay.
An ant zigzags his furrowed face –
like a jazz note –
improvising.

The goats kid about in his empty hut –
one kicks a chair, tips a bowl
of lemons in the air.

The afternoon taps a somnolent beat.
The field’s a sheet of vermilion heat.
The goats feast, the old man sleeps.

 
Border Guard

All curling so close
to wire

I hear
a rainbow sigh.

 

Phil Wood works in a statistics office. He enjoys working with numbers and words. His poems can be found in various publications including: Dactyl, Autumn Sky Poetry and Ink Sweat and Tears.

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