Poem of the week: Morning star

A new work by Chris Murray


The day lightens from cold
to blue. A glint of her caught
in crow’s diadem as he wheels

home. We are bound to hard things,
to wood, steel and wire –
Who would hear heartsongs

in the cacophony of words
tumult-born? Day is carried
in by crow’s harsh heralding

through and above those
stormy crosscurrents.
Soaring, his fluid gyration.

Even now, now, his harsh
heralding is the one true thing.

Chris Murray is a poet and essayist. Her newest book, Gold Friend, was published in 2020 (Turas Press, Dublin). She is the founder of Poethead, a site dedicated to platforming work by women poets, their translators and editors