Poetry: "Self Care/Self Harm" & "Twitter Light"

Twitter-light

twitter-light: noun; seventeenth century word, now obsolete, meaning ‘twilight’.

‘Are you there?’

Evening - summer, I guess - though time passes differently now.

We were just leaving winter when we went into lockdown.

It’s light enough to see still, illuminated only by the phone. Children are in their beds, although their chirrups and chirps filter down.

‘Are you there?’

‘Yes, I’m here.’

I scan a message someone’s sent out into the ether. She says she can hear baby owls calling to each other in the dusk,

‘Are you there?’

‘Are you there?’

‘Yes, I’m here.’

She says: this is her and Twitter. Calling into the void,

‘Are you there?’

An almost-hopeless digital prayer in the gathering darkness.

‘Are you there?’

Yes, I’m here.

Naomi Marklew lives in Durham in the North East of England where she writes poetry and nonfiction. She was selected for the ACE-funded Mumwrite development course in experimental writing, and has poems in Amethyst, LUPO, Streetcake and -algia magazines. She is on Twitter: @NaomiMarklew.