Hello Poetry Lovers
Today I’d like to feature my lovely and talented friend, Trisha Broomfield’s poem Stilettos and Cider.
This was longlisted very recently in the Plough Poetry Prize 2022, and well deserved too. Would you believe Trisha didn’t even know until I told her! Thank God I did. Trisha has given permission for me to share this warm and intricate piece with you. Well done, Trisha.
Stilettos and Cider
Youth confident we swing into the public bar
stilettos spike the flagstone floor,
landlord Don, a scowl to match his stout
huffs smoker’s breath on glasses from the wash
the fire roars mottles from our northern thighs
glows roses on our cider cheeks.
Flat-capped chaps talk bass notes
about sheep and old Harry’s knees
in the saloon, Eric wobbles on a plush-topped stool
fingers his fob chain, leers broken-veined
over yet another port.
Sally Army Sandra trips over Derek’s dog
ends up bonnet-squiffed in Arthur’s lap
collecting tin rattling thin.
Norma feeds the juke box, bops to Puppet on a String
disapproving looks cling to our sweaters
darts fly past our back-combed hair,
girls aren’t allowed to play.
We’re sussing out the only young farmer in the room
shame he’s ginger.
Trisha Broomfield 2022
Wasn’t that just beautiful, PL’s? It’s nice to see a great piece like that acknowledged and long-listed at the very least. Thank you, Trisha for letting me share that with our poetry lovers.
Stay tuned for more poetry shenanigans real soon…..