Poem of the Week | Elsewhere by Jeremy Haworth


by Jeremy Haworth


Storm-coked waters,

Rain-stitched earth,

wind cold as the swipe


of a feathered hook

peeling the iron

of trawlers junked


in a bath of silt.

One a hoop of ribs,

another a cringe of rust.


Staling in the cramp

of metal scrap, engines,

diesel fumes,


dead fish,

nettles, tangled nets,

a fisherman’s shack


and a kitchen slump  

of tabloids, takeaways,

empty bottles,  


where the postcard  

on a cupboard door

telegraphs elsewhere


on an A6 palimpsest 

of sand and clear water –

Playa de Palma – 


the blear of gold weather, 

bronze skin, speedos –  

Sunny Mallorca 


and on the rear, 

where cobalt biro runs – 

Wish you were here. 

Headstuff is now open for poetry submissions for our spring Poem of the Week series. We are also accepting submissions for Poetry Week. Submission window for both is open until the 31st of March 2020. Check our submissions page for guidelines. 

You can read more poems by Jeremy Haworth here.

Cover image by Daoudi Aissa on Unsplash