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Waiting by Fokkina McDonnell


The water meadows

are waiting

for the storks to return

always invisible

the other side

of her face

in this book

there is snow

on every page

even an old potato

can be turned

into a Christmas stamp

the naming of colours

is not a science.

I vote for bird’s nest grey

Fokkina McDonnell has two poetry collections (Another life, Oversteps Books Ltd, 2016; Nothing serious, nothing dangerous, Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd, 2019) and a pamphlet A Stolen Hour (Grey Hen Press, 2020). Poems have been widely published and anthologized. She received a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North in 2020.


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