Scarred – Penny Blackburn


Across the valley
the scar has healed,
its long-scrape-scratch softened
as the years have passed.

Ridges worn, edges smoothed
to gentler folds. Dormant
and forgetful of the pain
the glacier brought – its white-weight change
and indifferent cruelty

as it stripped this slice of hill
down to bedrock, left
the borders of itself
for the hardiest, most hopeful ones
to farm.


Penny Blackburn writes poetry and flash fiction and enjoys performing at local open mic and spoken word events. She has been published by Writers’ Cafe, Marsden Poetry Village and Paper Swans Press amongst others.

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