One Poem by Anna Forbes

What Will Survive

A slow reckoning of washed-out mornings
when even the miracle of a white tom
winding itself three times round its gatepost
couldn’t lift us clear.

Sunk beneath the weather
we made our daily visits to the hill
where only months ago the lights had stretched
clear as new stars, all across the horizon.

But for all the shuttered impossibilities of the city
many of its smallest details are picked out in gold
and somewhere around the centre
the pelicans are still waiting for us to find them;

strange and snowy-feathered
sleeping under the sanctuary of their own wings.


Anna Forbes studied English at the University of Cambridge before transferring to King’s College London, where she received a degree in Comparative Literature. Her poetry has been published in a range of magazines including Ink Sweat and Tears and Poetry Scotland, and has recently been shortlisted for the Jane Martin prize.

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