Victoria Pickup studied a BA in English and MA in Creative Writing at Loughborough University. A freelance writer for seven years, she continued to write creatively and in 2008 won the Café Writer’s Award with a poem inspired by travels in Bosnia: ‘The Chicken that Saved my Children.’ She was shortlisted for the Poetic Republic (MAG) poetry award in 2009 & 2010. Victoria now lives in Hampshire with her husband, three children and, of course, a pet chicken.
This moment too
Will be forgotten.
Through the foggy bedroom landscape
And a muted dawn chorus
Curtains grow lighter
As the prospect of another day looms
Spent slumping over an empty coffee mug.
Snatched naps and
Numbed by a cool breeze.
The perpetual state of weary bouncing,
Which darkness brings with hushed sing song,
Lingers in aching joints.
And of you,
Sacred, nocturnal child,
All I will take forwards
Is the day you placed your hands on my face
And kissed me.