Star Well by Rebecca Lyon




















CCAAlison R. Taylor


Image: Alison R. Taylor
CCA:Alison R. Taylor








Star  Well


The crinoid ossicles are shaped like stars

They bubble up in hidden holy springs

Some say they’re fossilised elderflowers

Or spinal discs of ancient flying things


They come when they hear children passing there

A girl retrieves them on her way back home

Not knowing that they listened just to her

They call in flashes from the gravelly foam


They knew she needed fortified star blades

They recognised the sadness in her song

She puts them in her satchel to evade

Dark eyes; these armoured flowers make her strong


Then at bed time she turns them in her hands

And knows the constellations understand.


Rebecca Lyon






Rebecca Lyon is a writer/performer based in Hampshire. The Yellow Box, which she co-devised with Nicole Le Jeune and Fatima Pantoja toured earlier this year and her short play, Alan, was performed as part of Heavy Weather Theatre’s new writing festival at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. Her work has appeared in Spelk, Visual Verse and the Stare’s Nest and she does love a bit of open mic.




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