I hear the
scrape of gravel and wish for only grass,
of it reminding me that there are things
stepped on that don’t collapse or die, but duck,
weight of something a thousand times their own
arching their backs and swaying
are strong but not infallible —
like a blade.
Beth O’Brien is a English Literature graduate from the University of Birmingham. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Light Perception, was published by Wild Pressed Books in 2019, and her first full-length poetry collection, I Left the Room Burning, is out February 2021. In 2019, she was featured in the Black Pear Press, Pressed Flowers, anthology. She is the Editor of Mad Hatter Reviews and a reviewer for Riggwelter Press.