Lament for a Lost Hare by Hilary Hares



Hilary Hares lives in Farnham, Surrey.  Over 200 of her poems have found homes online and in print including Acumen, Finished Creatures, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Interpreter’s House, Magma, Stand and South. She has an MA in Poetry from MMU and her collection, A Butterfly Lands on the Moon sells in support of Winchester Muse.  She won the Christchurch Writers’ Competition 2013 and Write-By-The-Sea Competition 2018 and has recently been awarded second prize in the Cannon Poets’ 2022 Sonnet or Not Competition. Her latest pamphlet, Red Queen (Marble Poetry 2020), is available from her website:  Twitter: @HilaryHares



























Sister, hare,

we have scythed through your world

and bound it into sheaves.


We have cut your hills with

our roads, denied small prey asylum  

in hedgerow and ditch. 


With our acidic streams we have

poisoned your womb.  We’ve sent

out dogs, taken your flesh for food,


and now, the oaks are bleeding

leaves, the days have heavy eyes

and dawn has frost on her lips.


Sister, hare,

             the world has turned,

                          there are guns

                                       in the wheatfield

                                                                           run … 



Hilary Hares


On Moving Sideways Through Hampshire by Hilary Hares



Red Queen is available to purchase from Hilary’s website, which you can find by clicking on the cover below.