Eyes filled with wild delight
Surveyed the frosted moss and grass
And light once borne from sky alone
Did glance from once-dark earth and stone
What muted quilt was thrown upon
The wood’s sweet locks and fragrant skin
Her sleep unsullied by robin or crow
Or crunch of boot on snow below
And so the earth did dream in death
Summer’s bounty long plucked and sheaved
What rotted on the ground unclaimed
Sleeps with her til she stirs again
Susanna is an old friend of ours here at TAST (and actually she is celebrating her birthday today)!
We wish her a warm birthday and a magic winter, just like the one she describes in her poem.
Susanna is a Scottish writer. She worked as a teacher most of her life until she moved to London to pursue a career in journalism. This is one of her early poems and her style changed in the 60s and 70s to become more free form and feminist. We will publish more of that work soon!