Anthony Ward


The thickening xylem of vigor

Pruned back and coppiced

To remove the canopy

Which keeps those strong vibrant shoots in the shade,

While scrubbing up to our hedgerows

Our gnarled postures sticking firmly to our roots,

As they go wild,

Blossoming with some fleeting flourish that gets them noticed,

Before going to seed,

Lingering in verdant verges of vegetation,

Now blending in as opposed to blooming out.

Through the Ages

From time immemorial

we have depicted nature

through the ornate style of the Renaissance,

passing landscapes,

opening up emotions

depicting movement,

before ending up as points

pixelated upon our walls.

The Hearth

Our front rooms flickering blue light,

As we warm ourselves with the familiarity,

Both frightened and enlightened

By tales that unfold as we eat.

Camping out in the wild indoors,

Everybody watching everybody else.

No longer watching ourselves,

While letting down our guard.

Anthony Ward has been writing in his spare time for a number of years. He has been published in a number of literary magazines including The Autumn Sound, The Faircloth Review, Word Gumbo, Four and Twenty, Turbulence, Torrid Literature Journal and Crack the Spine, amongst others.


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