Caged by Stephen Boyce






Stephen Boyce lives in Dorset. He is the author of two full length poetry collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), as well as two pamphlet collections. He is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival.



A young blackbird

or maybe a starling,

you couldn’t tell which,

stock still a full ten minutes

beside the pond.


A few days later

I dragged its white carcass

from the filmy water

skull thrown back and a small snail

caged in its ribs.


Stephen Boyce