Someone arrives uninvited to tell you
what you couldn’t begin to believe:
how an uneventful life might change
in an hour or with a phrase.
Receive this with grace.
Feel how the ordinary word
coils like song in the spiral of the ear;
dream’s pitch, yet half-heard,
how physical, near. You can’t place
that felt note, known all along,
come to earth.
Michael’s work has been published widely including The Rialto, Butchers Dog, Crannog, The Moth and The North. He was selected by Clare Pollard for a Northern Writers’ Award (New North Poets) last year. The pamphlet, Undersong (2014) is available from Eyewear. His most recent pamphlet, Locations for a Soul appeared in 2016 from Templar Publishing.