After your attempts to hug them failed by Olivia Walwyn (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

you bowed your head, extended out
your arms back of your shoulders and sped
across the lawn, your lips pulled
smooth over your teeth: oooh, oooh
(‘Look, I’m just like you!’) Unconvinced,
the pigeons trot in front, fan
in circles all about. Your father and I
though, are immediately won round;
bend our heads obedient and join in,
love-birding round the park and house
exactly as you’d want – our fingers
fluttering on behind. It seems
we flock together, birds of a kind.

Originally from Norwich, Olivia Walwyn has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She is currently based in Macclesfield with her husband and daughter. Her poems have been published quite widely, and she has a pamphlet, En Route (2018), and first collection Halcyon (2019) published by Templar. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and her poetry often reflects environmental interests and concerns.
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