Helena Sanderson – Referendum

Referendum

He threw words like kisses
and they tumbled towards me:
‘…an opportunity for creativity’.
What kind of creativity I wanted to know,
but didn’t ask.

New ways of thinking.
New ways of doing.
Harnessing our rich history
of enterprise and constructing
something new, exciting.
Was that what he meant?

Instead, he lectured me about the accounts
and I thought, well, you can be creative
with them without leaving anything.
But I smiled, said: ‘let’s not argue’.
And he smiled back.

 

Helena Sanderson is a Lancastrian writer with Cornish heritage. She gained a first-class honours degree in Humanities with Creative Writing and Art History with the Open University and is now studying a Masters in History. Her poetry mainly is concerned with the intricacies and small details of life and landscape.
Website: http://helenasanderson.com/

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Helena Sanderson – Drielandenpunt…

Drielandenpunt/Dreiländereck/Trois Frontières

We play hopscotch between countries,
the checkpoints forever open,
and our mobiles roam from the Netherlands
to Germany, to Belgium, and back again.

In Belgium there’s a new viewing tower
stretching up and up and up, capturing vistas
of integration, from Aachen’s rebuilt streets
to Maastricht where this all began.

An information board in several languages
tells us about this strange wedge
of land, once four borders and more,
but which you can now truthfully say

has none.

 

Helena Sanderson is a Lancastrian writer with Cornish heritage. She gained a first-class honours degree in Humanities with Creative Writing and Art History with the Open University and will soon begin her Masters in History. Her poetry mainly is concerned with the intricacies and small details of life and landscape.

Helena Sanderson – The Line

The Line

The precision with which
a line in ink can be drawn

from child
to parent
to grandparent
and beyond
belies the reality of
zygotes splitting
in the womb
of a woman
who knows more
than your chart.

Her line drawn with blood
remains invisible
compared to that recorded
by the unknowing hand
of the man
who is not the relation
of any of the men
so finely scribed.

Her line encourages journeys
to destinations also unknown.

 

 

 
Helena Sanderson is a Northern poet concerned with the intricacies and small details of landscape and life. She has had work published with Ink Pantry and Word Bohemia. She is currently studying art history with the Open University.