For September, I am choosing one of my own poems from my new pamphlet. I made notes for this poem after I’d driven to Calderdale Royal Hospital for my first baby scan when I was expecting my son. Many years later, the poem was written and the start of autumn always reminds me of that special time in my life.


The morning I drove to the hospital
hedges glimmered and a web,


silver-beaded, spanned the wing-mirror,
a spider crouched tight on the edge.


I imagined her, grafting all night-
constructing the scaffolding,


strengthening, testing, tying-off,
suspended like a climber on a rope,


all her energy in this creation,
something of her in every strand.


I could have destroyed her work
with a brush of the hand and yet


I drove so carefully that day–s
lowing each time the wind


forced her silk to billow, to bend
and she hung on in there


on a line taut as hope, flickered
like a heartbeat on a twelve-week scan.


Taken from The Mechanics of Love published by smith I doorstop.

I live in Calderdale with my family and have two books of poetry published–Light After Light by Valley Press and most recently The Mechanics of Love which was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as a ‘Laureate’s Choice’ pamphlet. I will be reading alongside other local poets at the Halifax Festival of words at the Book Corner on 6th October. More about me and my poetry can be found here