Savvy Poem – Ash Portrait

Inspiration borrowed from ‘The Oval Portrait’, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

I sit

and, whilst sitting here,

ripe, if not ready, for the coppicing,

the length of the brush offers sparse protection

against the swoop

of desire.


Later, during the sweeping, I will swipe myself back into the pith of

the Ash.


Copyright owned by The Silly-Savvy Salopian, January 2020

Image by an unknown artist from a portrait on display in Prado Lounge, with the kind permission of the staff.


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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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