Phil Kirby

A Covenant

If, when she arrives,
wild poppies clamour in the fields

and evening sunlight sets
bright flame into a distant pane of glass;

if trefoil and goldenrod thrive
on limestone hills that overlook the valley

where untold trees flaunt
new leaves through the lengthening day;

if the distant river stirs
into the blue of the sea in silence

while further East, night
begins slowly to spread like spilled ink,

then, under violet clouds,
we may sit and count our humble riches.

Phil Kirby’s collections are Watermarks (Arrowhead, 2009) and The Third History (Lapwing, 2018). Poems have since appeared in Poetry Ireland and various UK and international magazines. He ran Waldean Press in the 90s and currently organises the ‘Writers at The Goods Shed’ programme in Tetbury. Writing as P.K. Kirby, a teen novella, Hidden Depths (Applefire, 2016), is available on the Kindle platform.