A winner of the Members' Poems competition in the Summer 2017 issue of Poetry News. The competition, on the theme of 'Forecast', was judged by Jean Sprackland.

Shadows and Light

by Laura Foley

After a night of rain
a puddle remains
cupped in stone
as my bra cups
my breast –
shadowed perhaps,
as the little lake
is sunlit –
an eye gazing at me
with encouragement
or irony
I can’t translate
as I await
the MRI’s judgment.

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