EDITOR’S CHOICE: Downland – Poetry by Robert Ford

John Constable – Landscape with Rainbow

If you truly believe that the heart and soul  

has been stolen from this place, its blood  

and soil drained away and sold off along  

with its history, its understated magic,  

then wake up properly, fully, tonight,  

as the Earth takes the first of many slow,  

measured winter breaths, and hear  

the torn-out notes of hunting owls,  

roosting pheasants. Whisper of leaves.  

The feathered percussion of rain brushing  

over the rooftops. Listen – if you still can –  

beyond your own noise. Think again. 

About the Poet

Robert Ford’s poetry has appeared in print and online publications including Under the RadarBrittle StarDime Show Review, The Interpreter’s House and San Pedro River Review. More of his work can be found at https://wezzlehead.wordpress.com/

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

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