Rattling at my roof, jangling
until a slate loosens, breaking
a mirror, shattering a flash,
between window and frame.

I am lucid, held tight
as shards of light
disperse the shadows of a lynx.

Turning from wall to wall,
my eyelids invert
their maps to distract the night.
I am lost in their etchings.

Alison Lock’s poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her first poetry collection, A Slither of Air, was winner of the Indigo Dreams Poetry Collection Competition 2010; her second, Beyond Wings, was published in 2015. She is the author of a short story collection, and a fantasy novel, Maysun and the Wingfish (Mother’s Milk Books, 2016). Her website:

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