Poetry: "Maps of Coral" by Louise Mather



zeniths and mortars

what words are these


tightropes of bronze stars

pockets of papered lies


ploughing


they want you to wear a statue

of your rose harvest dress


remember from the emblazed garden

to smile unworldly


there should be balloons


before the snow

defeated


all we have

a map that does not fit


shivering barricades

sawdust for unripened bones


barley and glue

licked twilight walls


tawny saliva cupped

to copper chalk fingertips


hollow melting

when do we stop


how

to not tumble down

iced steps to the gully


do you have a summer coral house

from a closed dream


or somewhere else

anywhere


an ageless skeleton key


dear courage

can we go there now










Louise Mather is a writer from Northern England and founding editor of Acropolis Journal. Her work is published or forthcoming in magazines such as Fly on the Wall Press, Crow & Cross Keys, Nymphs, Streetcake Magazine, Feral and Dust Poetry Magazine. She writes about endometriosis, fatigue and mental health. Twitter @lm2020uk