By Katharine Towers
‘It’s enough if a single note is played perfectly’ – Arvo Pärt
One day a note flew up and landed in your heart.
It settled in between the lisping chambers,
singing to itself and wanting only
to be left alone – no eavesdropping!
It tiptoed up and down your arteries
leaving echoes in corners and a hum.
Fearing it was gone, you wept until you felt
a familiar pain like a bruise to the groin.
When it flew away you wept again,
bathing your perfect invisible wound.
From The Remedies,
the new collection from Katharine Towers, winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize.
Katharine Towers' second collection explores the fragility of our relationship with the natural world. The Remedies
is a lyric, unforgettable collection which shows Towers emerging as a major poetic talent.
Read 'The Roses' another poem from the collection here
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