La tendresse/ for the old lie of affection/ between us,
for the eccentric caught in the rain, for friendship / once
held tight, for the woman / on her way to the seaside,
who insists on dancing the beach / in a long ball-gown,
barefoot, but / otherwise utterly unsuited to drag through
the surf / in salted teal taffeta/ mermaidic silk wrap
bladderwracked, / la tendresse
for the footprints / creeping over broken
clamshell, / fishguts and old abandoned
barbeque / filthy sanded lucre of mussel instep/ barbs
of jelly and odd squares of cuttle, / crying with laughter
as a white wave knocks her down/ to sit in the sharp sand,
building / lost castles, the future sobs, away / awhile, veiled
glint of bright dream/ ‘til shipwreck come / ebb again the wild
Found Poem for an Annual Arts Event in Yorkshire
& performances by
The Human Library.
Spring into playtime!
Get creative and meet,
meet, meet, meet more
people, (with decent coffee!)
have a play around, have fun
with it, get out and about,
have at it – do you, do you,
Do You Do More Play?! Do you!
Humans of Leeds!
So. Much. More.
Sarah Wallis is a poet & playwright recently relocated from Yorkshire to Scotland. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and an Mphil in Playwriting from Birmingham University. Theatrical residencies include Leeds Playhouse and Harrogate Theatre. Recent publications include: The Island Review, The Interpreter’s House, The Yaffle Press Whirlagust and Ways to Peace, an anthology from Tintern Abbey, marking the United Nations Day of Peace celebrations and she has work forthcoming at Ellipsis and Thimble.