New Lands

Artwork by Mireille Stahle
Artwork by Mireille Stahle

She is used to the insistent geography of ageing,

the body’s muffled crease and fold

beneath eyes, breasts, belly;

the gravy thumbprints on the back of her hands,

the seize of muscle at the knee.


This is a detour off the map, stripped of signposts,

thick with monsters. She hugs her own skull,

brushes away the loose caul of hair

and is born into a new life, after;

made of tough dust.