Beck Moss by Kerry Darbishire


Kerry Darbishire, songwriter and poet, grew up in the Lake District where she continues to live, find inspiration and write in a wild area of Cumbria. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and magazines and have won or been listed in several competitions, including the Bridport shortlist 2017, and the 2018 PBS Mslexia Poetry Competition. Her first poetry collection, A Lift of Wings, was published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams. A biography, Kay’s Ark, the story of her mother, was published in 2016 by Handstand Press.

Her second poetry collection, Sweet on my Tongue, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018 and is a finalist in the Cumbria Culture Awards 2019. She co-edited the new Handstand Press Cumbrian Poetry Anthology, This Place I know. Kerry is currently working on a pamphlet and a new full collection.























Beck Moss









Saunter the path        wool-soft              


                  ferns       thistle      water mint

pressed     aside

        by     heron      fox     deer

                  footprints         mired fresh

to mud      like fossils bedded in rock

        Follow the rill

                   down to a whisper

the lightest cloth


                  over the day

the way

        sedge warblers and damsels    dance


through   scots pines

        lime-smirred larch

                  bowing    to the lapis blue

of devil’s-bit scabious

        sleet     grass     seeds

                  and butterflies

buried in thickets

       of  bog myrtle    

and reeds

                  waist-deep     fidgeting

for release

                 from the anchor

                                              of winter




Kerry Darbishire


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