A winner of the Members' Poems competition in the spring 2021 issue of Poetry News. The competition, on the theme of 'Waking dream', was judged by Rachel Long.

In Our House

by Carole Bromley

Foxes sleep in the pantry,
there are wasps’ nests on every ceiling.
I won’t smash them in their paper cathedrals.

In the hall, bats hang from the beams,
little upside-down mice,
the touch of their wings feather-soft.

Our house is floating out to sea,
I can feel the whales beneath us,
the dolphins nudge us along.

The water is up to my knees.
How beautiful the moon is,
caught in a cup. I open a window

and let in the stars. They perch
on chairs, on photo frames,
the old record player.

I eat my supper
wearing a life jacket.
In the kitchen the foxes are barking.

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