Observing the Dark – Joan Johnston

Observing the Dark

One bird’s tick
in the Rowan. ….There,

hear that? …..Wait
for it again

but no….. it’s gone,
tiny and flown.

This sitting on cold stone
looking hard,

listening
to a tree

as if….. by this late vigilance
word would come.

Since 1997 Joan Johnston has published 6 poetry collections and pamphlets. She has been a writer with the homeless, in hospitals, schools, women’s refuges and prisons and she currently teaches Creative Writing on a freelance basis.