Thursday, June 30, 2016

#30 A Single Spur by Emma McKervey

A Single Spur

The air is muggy with platters of cow parsley and elderflower,
the pollen stirred from stamen by the breeze and looking for a bee.
Each breath is laden with the taste of these flowers,
weary after witnessing the sweep of hawthorn to Queen Anne’s lace
which had populated the hedgerows until June and whose petals
drifted down midst the thrusting stalks of the new summer arrivals.

It wont be until Autumn that the bones of that pathway will be seen,
until the stupefied bees can move no more.
The hills will darken then, the spines of blackthorn reduced to silhouette
unified in the dusk, although occasionally a single spur
will raise its splintered prong to the moon.

So this is my last poem of my month's writing for this blog (posting two today due to a slight technical hitch on the 1st June). Thank you all so much for your kind comments and support, I shall continue to read the blog as it travels on through the year. The standard of the work has been incredible and i am amazed how those of you who have undertaken the challenge for the whole year are so unerringly innovative and creative in your writing every single day. Emma


  1. I will miss reading your poems which I have been thrilled to be introduced to. I look forward to reading more in the future.

  2. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your poems and hope to read more of them in the future.

  3. Me too, Emma, I'll really miss reading your work each day. And I will definitely look out for your work in the future.

  4. Thank you all so much. I am looking forward to having the time to relax and enjoy properly everyone elses' work!

  5. Sneaking back to see what you did to finish. I knew it would be beautiful. I love the descriptions and the almost-elegaic tone.

  6. I'll miss your gorgeous work, Emma! But I know you now, and will be on the lookout. Thank you.

  7. Another very beautiful poem Emma. I think the gentle and heady meadow flower scene in the first verse contrasts so effectively with the spikey splintery second verse. Enjoyed this nostalgic walk through paths/roads on the outskirts of the city and the changing tone of the hills that surround Belfast (if that's exactly where it is - works for me :) ) Thank you for your marvellous contribution to 365 + 1 and for bringing Ireland into it.

  8. Goodbye Emma. It has been special to have travelled with you over the last 30 days and to read your beautifully crafted poetry with its exquisite observation of the natural world.

  9. Thank you all again for your support. It really has meant a lot to me. It has been a powerful journey writing something to be published every day and I think what it has shown me will resonate for a long time. It has been a pleasure to read all your work, and as i said before, i am looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy all the other poems appearing here daily!


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