That Garden was About Twenty Feet Square

by Cathy Bryant

Willows in the garden, mocking me
with possibilities of grace and relaxation.
There's a bush with big white berries
we mustn't eat. There's my vegetable patch
where I picked my lone carrot too soon,
blooming with pride in the two-inch vegetable.

I must escape my family. Indoors is crowded
with quarrels and violence and lies.
Outside the air is kind. I will dig to China.

A foot down, a power cable bars the way.
I have to stop, defeated by power I didn't
vote for. Could I live under the willows?
Such welcoming umbrellas! Such peace!

But I'm hungry. I'm being called. The hook
of family draws me in inexorably. Time
to cough in the ever-present smoke.
Time to eat and be shouted at, at the table.
Through it, an image is taking root in me
- an idea for the future: the willow withes
that bend to eternity and travel everywhere,
when cut away from the trapped tree.


Biography
Cathy Bryant worked as a life model, civil servant and childminder before
writing as a profession. She has won 27 literary awards and contests,
including the Wergle Flomp Humorous Poetry Contest and the Bulwer-
Lytton Fiction Contest, and she has had over 250 poems and stories
published. Cathy co-edited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets vols.
1, 2, and 3 and has had two books of poetry published: 'Contains Strong
Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature' and 'Look at All the Women',
plus a nonfiction book: 'How to Win Writing Competitions'. See Cathy's
listings for cash-strapped writers at:
www.compsandcalls.com.
UK Poetry Magazine
Advertisement
Previous   <<<    All Poets    >>>   Next
Previous   <<<    UK Poets    >>>   Next
Published September 8, 2018

First Place: UK Poetry Contest #1
& Top UK Poet: UK Poetry Contest #1

That Garden was About Twenty Feet Square

by Cathy Bryant
(Disley, Cheshire East, England)
Previous   <<<    All Poets    >>>   Next
Previous   <<<    UK Poets    >>>   Next
Advertisement
Submissions
CATEGORIES
All Poets
This website
©
Kirk Ramdath
and specified artists.
Main Page
About
UK Poets
Newest on the Wax Poetry and Art Network
Click Here to See All New Published Work
Get the Official Print Version -- See Information Below
Wax Poetry and Art Contests
Advertisement
Love in a Handful of Dust by Kirk Ramdath
New Titles in the Bookstore & Free Library
Wax Poetry and Art
UK Poetry Contest #1
1. That Garden was About Twenty Feet
Square
2. The Fox and the Trampoline
Calgary Poetry Magazine - waxpoetryart.com/calgary/
The Christmas Poem Contest
UK Poetry Magazine - ukpoetrymagazine.com
Get the Official Print Version
Receive the Official Print Version of "That Garden was Twenty
Feet Square"
by Cathy Bryant, in a letter sent via standard
post. Price includes postage to all possible locations on Earth.
Delivery times vary.
$7 CAD
$6 USD
£5 GBP
€5.5 EUR