Resurgence – Lucy Whitehead

Long summer holidays
in childhood
we’d play in the sea
with a giant pink pearl
of a beach ball,
submerge it deep
in the sky-coloured water
as far as we could,
force it under our knees,
feel the resistance,
anticipate its release
the uncontrollable upward surge
an urge to rise, the fight
to break free, then let go
and watch it soar
like a fish leaping high
into the air, a second moon
shot into the sky, a comet
with a tail of sun-glittered water,
a joy we recognise.

Lucy Whitehead

Lucy’s poetry has been published in various journals including Amethyst Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Barren Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, Burning House Press, Collective Unrest, Electric Moon Magazine, Ghost City Review, Mookychick Magazine, Neon Mariposa Magazine, Twist in Time Magazine. She lives by the sea with her husband and cat. Twitter @blueirispoetry.

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