Dandelion by Cheryl Pearson



Cheryl Pearson is the author of Oysterlight (Pindrop Press). Her poems have appeared in publications including The Guardian, Mslexia, The Moth Magazine, and Poetry NorthWest, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has won or placed in competitions including the Cheshire Prize, the Hippocrates Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, the Keats Shelley Prize, and the Costa Short Story Award. Her second collection, Menagerie, is forthcoming from The Emma Press in 2020.


































The air full

of sudden stars,


a soft constellation 

of whispers.


The quietest

assault – 


a violence 

as clean 


and quick

as the cat’s





of feathers, 

licked whiskers.



Cheryl Pearson