One Poem by Ion Corcos

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

East Croydon

At first, I didn’t see any birds. Not on the grass,
the few trees outside our apartment,

or in the sky. When I walked the streets,
I saw dirty sheets in shop doorways,

a young woman selling The Big Issue outside Waitrose,
and people, lost, lying on the ground,

sometimes with a sign, sometimes with a tin,
drunk, or unloved.

When I came back to our apartment,
where we, too, were only staying a while,

I saw a gull in the distance,
and a crow, black, then night.


Ion Corcos has been published in The High Window, Australian Poetry Journal, Allegro, Panoply, and other journals. Ion is a nature lover and a supporter of animal rights. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. His first pamphlet, A Spoon of Honey (Flutter Press, 2018) is out soon.

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