Anthony Watts has been writing seriously for about 40 years. He has won prizes in poetry competitions and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies, including Acumen, Frogmore Papers, The Journal, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Rialto and Riggwelter. His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer, published by Oversteps Books. His home is in rural Somerset. His main interests are poetry, music, walking and binge thinking – activities which he finds can be happily combined.
You’d think it too ethereal
for roots – this pale green mist
scribbled on the air above a bank
or hovering ghostly among bracken fronds –
those tiny fists of cream-white flowers
like bunched serviettes, their faint and fragile light.
Less plant than apparition, its visitations
rare and somehow reassuring –
a wizard in disguise, appearing
at the wayside, saying Do not fear.
Though you may wander among barren lands,
all will be well, the dark ways strangely lit.
© 2019 Anthony Watts