Sarah Wallis: Ebb Again the Wild & Found Poem at an Annual Arts Event in Yorkshire

Ebb Again the Wild

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

Yoga, art,


Coffee workshops

& 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!

Sports therapy,

Humans of Leeds!


cranio-sacral sessions

& ...

& ...

& ...

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.