Northwords Now Issue 36

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Reading on Holiday

by Meg Bateman

With no electricity
and satisfied by yesterday’s walk,
we use the morning light
to read – four fair young heads
and my grey one
bent over our books.
We are together yet apart,
at different times,
in different places –
Howard’s End, St Petersburg,
Japan …

At our feet, two dogs and a cat
twitch their ears at a buzzing fly,
at the turning of each page.