Susan Taylor

And Ghosts

What is the dark anyway?
Old as the hills, as we say,
and so many times older.
It’s a black cat in the gutter,
not visible to the naked eye,
though it knows it’s there
and so do I, as I hold the air,
aware of aura, feeling it lingering,
primed for gentle touch.

What is this old
I can reach through
to another side?
It is less than a moment
till palm tickles silk,
follows the delicate curve of spine,
the shape of the warmth
of the hush
becoming purr.

Whose is this
small dark cat
the black night has unveiled?
Is this the hand that felt
the ribcage, elegantly winged
with breath,
the barrel of the pen
winged with fingers,
the white sheet of paper, dawning?

And out there, why is the dark
a strange angel wrapped in secrecy,
with honey under her tongue?
Who is calling the storm-races
of night clouds and ghosts
shifting our sandcastle walls of the past
with unfettering time out of mind?

Susan Taylor has five published collections of poetry and a variety of collaborative chapbooks & CDs. She performs her poetry regularly at poetry venues and festivals in the South West, including Ways With Words, Torbay Festival of Poetry, Bath Literature Festival, The Great Create and Westival, as well as at the open mic events she co-runs with her partner, Simon Williams. Susan holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she was also a part-time lecturer on their Undergraduate Programme. Creative collaborations continue Susan’s commitment to the exploration of the interface between poetry and its audience through work in different media and environments.

Susan Taylor has five published collections of poetry and a variety of collaborative chapbooks & CDs. She performs her poetry regularly at poetry venues and festivals in the South West, including Ways With Words, Torbay Festival of Poetry, Bath Literature Festival, The Great Create and Westival, as well as at the open mic events she co-runs with her partner, Simon Williams. Susan holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she was also a part-time lecturer on their Undergraduate Programme. Creative collaborations continue Susan’s commitment to the exploration of the interface between poetry and its audience through work in different media and environments.