Susan Wicks is one of the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society’s most widely published poets, with collections from Faber & Faber and Bloodaxe Books. Her forthcoming collection Dear Crane is due from Bloodaxe in 2021.
Tintinhull Less than two hundred miles and a few hours for us to leave our own half-sleepless lives for a flagstoned kitchen where the ghosts survive to scratch their names into the windows' glass. The children spread their toys across the rug in what was once the parlour, by a coal fire's blaze, their wooden railway threading between chairs. Outside, the bones of winter trees and shrubs and under them these clumps of bell-shaped flowers hang silent; in the still rectangle of pond our selves walk slowly upside-down like flies towards the garden plot where cheerful volunteers straighten their backs in welcome, just beyond the eagles perched on pillars, their stone eyes.