Commended Poem

My poem ‘Weight of the World’ has been commended in the St. Cross College, Four Corners Poetry Competition.  Read it here



The Weight of the World

Oh, how they blew like vast sails in the breeze,

my mother’s wet sheets, pegged hard to the rope

of her washing line.  There was always hope

of dry weather and no need for a please

or thanks between us as we hauled them down.

Whether to make the fold from right to left

or left to right, to tame the restless heft?

My job to know.   I won’t call it a dance

but there were steps to learn and cues to read,

the give and take of fabric passed like batons

in a relay race.  She was my due north.

Her right hand set west, mine tracing the east,

we closed the distance, calmed the wayward weight

bringing order to the billowing world.

© Seni Seneviratne

I will be reading the poem at the prizewinning event in Oxford on October 13th and it will appear in the forthcoming Four Corners anthology which can be purchased from the College.