Daybreak in the valley

Clouds shilly
            over small fry
                        a shoal of fish
                                    a mackerel sky.

A river meanders
            an oxbow lake
                                    fields agape.

Mist suspended
            shadow of swift
                        in shallow pools
                                    minnows drift.

In a heron’s eye
            silver fish stilled
                        a hypnotiser’s
                                    wish fulfilled.

Sun red rising
            feathered flight
                        petals fanned
                                    of a red kite.

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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