Questions is a collaboration by Lucy Kempton and Joe Hyam. Poems are based on questions drawn from an agreed starting question and formed by answers, which contain and inspire the next questions. In response to Lucy's first question, Joe kicks off. This follows our earlier work in Compasses, archived here, where Lucy's photographs illustrate Joe's series of 50 sonnets under the title Handbook for Explorers.

Thursday 20 March 2014

Swallow, where does your thread lead?

Threads.  They swung like prayer flags, rippled
in the breeze, tickled like a ribald anecdote, hung
like webs spun on grass on that bright March evening.

We’ll lose them, I said.
No matter, you replied.

I wait for the swallows to return now,
hoping for a blue wingtip
drawn across my cheek in the dark.