Sue MacIntyre’s debut poetry collection The Wind Today was published by Hearing Eye (2010). She won first prize for her poem ‘Ice Sculpture’ in the Scintilla Open Poetry Competition, and is a member of the Second Light Network of women poets.
from Green City
Wind in your near-black leaves,
solitary tree, in grey paving
near the brick of Goswell Road –
hurtling from a Tuscan painting,
dark tree in a honey-coloured land.
I’m still for a moment
waiting for the bus, fingering
your shining leaves, not far
from the City. Tell me tree
where you came from –
was it a blond landscape
outside city walls, were
the fields like knitted squares
on a steep hillside?
Swifts whistle in distant playgrounds
and in green sky catch flies at dusk,
tilt in early morning so the sun
shines on their underwings,
hold to their own hunting ground
below the far off points
and trails of early morning planes,
above green bedding of the tops of trees,
the city’s flashing skylights.
Whose unconcern for us
refreshes us, another space,
a space we’re not entangled with,
whose far-off screams we listen for
looking upwards from the balcony
at blankness after the first cold.