It’s difficult keeping
your head above water,
harder to not use cliché.

I surface occasionally
from paperwork and marking
at the end of another year.

Orange rooms above
purple and blue water;
a pineapple island

with boats on the lake:
the first time for
several centuries.

Two inches of water
are enough to drown in
if you lie face down;

a hundred essays
can trigger anxiety
and problems breathing.


Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, the editor of Stride magazine, and a contributing editor to international times. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman Books, as is Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews. He edited Smartarse for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt.


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