Poetry: "Maps of Coral" by Louise Mather

zeniths and mortars

what words are these

tightropes of bronze stars

pockets of papered lies


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


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


to not tumble down

iced steps to the gully

do you have a summer coral house

from a closed dream

or somewhere else


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