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'There was a Walcott quality to the quiet poem ‘Like This’ by Claire Dyer, where language becomes a visual painting delicately capturing a sense of place.' - Malika Booker, 2019 Women's Poetry Competition Judge



Like This


Each morning the stirring branches

and the shepherd calling his ribbon


of sheep to heel in the olive grove

beneath our window. 


The bay scattered with tin-foil confetti,

the fishing boats bringing back the catch,


and in town they’ll be washing down

the restaurant floors, loading sweet peppers,


strawberries, aubergines into vans.

As the muezzin rings the air, a ballet


of bee-eaters rises above the trees.

And I, turning, see you sleeping.


I did not expect it still to be like this.



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