Neil Leadbeater is an author, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His latest books are “The Worcester Fragments” (Original Plus Press, England, 2013); “The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives” (Poetry Space, England, 2014) and “The Fragility of Moths” (Bibliotheca Universalis, Romania, 2015). His work has been translated into Romanian. Spanish and Swedish.
Moving A Peony
I moved one once
with all the subtlety of a ham-fisted amateur
blundering into the props; shifted it
from the Grand Circle
to the quiet reach of the Back Stalls.
It came to life in the Second Act
and flowered on for years.
Flight of a Thousand Pigeons Leaving Parker’s Piece
These were no beginners, young chicks or squabs
but stout-bodied birds
maybe some were doves and some were pigeons
it was hard to tell above the cacophony
but this much was clear:
it was like the shrill excitement of children
fresh out from school
or the pigeon post in India
faster than First Class Mail –
bearers of news from Olympia
in Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Or maybe, just in England,
the final score between Queens Park Rangers
and West Bromwich Albion
before the invention of the telegraph
put a stop to it all.
snap shut like a locket.
and their inner surface
a single orb
of necklace glitter
cocooned like a babe