Under the Radar


The heron


Trudging to the supermarket,

on a very bad day for news,

I saw a heron on the roof of a house.


It had a beak of scissor blades, and

legs like television aerials, yet when it moved its neck

it uncurled around the body of an oriental vase.


Then it took off, and I knew I’d been wrong

to try to bring it to earth: it was no part of this

nor of any of those things.


The Heron was published by Under the Radar magazine in 2016