Tuesday, 6 March 2018


by Jude Cowan Montague

He razed her mouth, raised this
pilgrim eco cabin.
Curious birdwatchers
note odd calls from the copse.
She drifts near when it rains
turning tourists nervous.
Bewildered messages
drip in clues down the panes.
The roots root out the dirt
roaming loamy channels.
Consuming minerals
in veins bled through the field.

Her legs twist in the trough,
buckled under flowers.
Delicate contrivance,
which guest will spring its trap?

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Jude Cowan Montague worked for Reuters Television Archive for ten years. Her album 'The Leidenfrost Effect' (Folkwit Records 2015) reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed. She produces 'The News Agents' on Resonance 104.4 FM. Her most recent book is The Originals (Hesterglock Press, 2017).

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