Over the next three days we’ll feature three poems by Pippa Hennessy, Project Director for the Nottingham City of Literature campaign and director of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Do you remember the old ladder?
its broken step halfway down,
thorns scratching hands that clung
and rotting wood.
We climbed down anyway
to where great granite eggs
make thunder under the waves.
Our bare feet took us over seaweed
to see orange beaks
flash past, crying look at me
and we wished we could fly.
A seal swimming southwards
why do beasts with such long flippers
refuse to play with me in the waves?
One stone on another, we built
a tower to remind the sea
we were here
for a while
I sat, warming my back, hatching
of the sun and the sea
and of you
Pippa Hennessy has published poetry, short fiction, graphic short stories and creative non-fiction in various magazines and anthologies. She is Development Director at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Project Director for Nottingham’s UNESCO City of Literature bid, and works for Five Leaves Publications. In a past life she was a software developer, but she’s feeling much better now.