Stephen Bird

North West

The coordinates of my heartland
are north west. Egalitarian

rights of way about a city square,
Manchester Central Library in the round,

sundial shadows from its portico,
limestone columns to lean on and meet by,

sunlight rising through its windows on
righteous and unrighteous in the carrels.

Or Seattle’s open sculpture garden,
where the tilted planes of lawn and footpath

slalom from pavilion to shoreline,
and pairs of friendly seats attend together

the effect of wind on open water
and a holy mountain in the haze.

Stephen Bird is a technical editor and content strategist. He grew up in Cheshire, studied in Newcastle, and now lives and works in Central Scotland. His poems have been published in Edinburgh’s Anon magazine, and by Stirling’s Makar.