Women Birds and a Star
My bobinette flaps over each shoulder, fitted
to a Juliet cap garlanded by spring flowers, heels pared
to fit satin shoes, silk gown clings to skin
smeared with petroleum jelly, bird-tears darken circles
under feather-eyes, but flying high I’ll star-gaze
pulled by magnetic force to Saturn, deck myself in diamond
raindrops stuck to the mesh of my tulle veil.
Janet Murray completed an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam Uni (2016) with Merit and won 1st Prize in the Fish International Poetry prize in 2018 with an ekphrastic poem called Vernacular Green which
was published in their anthology of the same year. It was based on Howard Hodgkin’s relationship with the colour green. She has had individual poems published in The New Statesman, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Millstone Grit anthology. She is currently completing an advanced poetry course with Richard Price at the Poetry School.
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