Savvy Poem – Snowdon’s Foot




Vertical does not go with vertical.

Turning back,

I stick to ground level.

My right foot being crook,

I remain

at one with the foot of




Pressure is a cure for the pain.

I apply it, settling myself down upon the arch of Snowdon’s foot,

hoping to stunt the flow of all incoming annoyances.


Equipped with pencils and colours, I

sketch out the house of my Achille’s heel –

pale green – not yet quite gangrenous!


Around it, I fill in the broccoli florets,

like clouds, not static,

but still –

even harder to capture!


I feel good, focused and intent upon



Clouds of charcoal grey force themselves

between artist and paper,

threatening to destroy

all that is, just in itself, fine about this moment.


A child skirts around me, invading

the me-space.

The me-space of my own arched foot.


‘Is it good?’ a father asks,

turning up the volume of his iPlayer in

advance of retort.


No child’s voice required.

Just laughter, loudness, and

a square of burnt-black



The arch of my foot

barbecued, and my lungs

all clogged up with

the follies of



I unravel and retreat.

The moment

still free.


Copyright of text and image owned by Jay Cool, 8th August, 2019


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Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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