Umbilica by Louise Mather



Umbilica


a plane of amber

consecrated


sunlight and the zephyr

watched over


the source

of ambience


every thought and moment

and molecule


a garland of

hieroglyphs


a lapse

in existence


as though there was

nothing before


by a wormhole

presumed destroyed


an anemone with

my hands and this face


flooding away

a delicate glissando


we listen to the coasts

the colonnades


ascending the lacuna

bright tether


to far sublime galactic

I could never forget


embroidered now I am

with pieces of you





Louise Mather is a poet from Northern England. You can find her on Twitter @lm2020uk and her work is published or forthcoming in magazines such as Fly on the Wall Press, Streetcake Magazine, The Cabinet of Heed, Versification, Crow & Cross Keys and Lanke Review. She writes about motherhood, ancestry, rituals, endometriosis and mental health, and is editor of the cat-themed anthology Feline Utopia.