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.

Degrees of Formality

by Susan E. Holland

The aching brown backbone in their porch:
a limp prognostical belt of kelp.

Further inside, the frozen rage of Grandad’s
barometer. Dad would still tap the place
its crafty bland face showed a frank
dark cone of internal works. He swore
its needle swung a querulous millimetre
                                              at the back of Rain.

I’d pipe up: Why don’t you just look outside?

The sea itself would be stiff with copperplate
intimations of Storm, or other days it wore
a crisp tight silver perm like the Queen’s.

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