When everything becomes again – Tim Kiely

When everything becomes again

When everything becomes again
it will be with the song of one grasshopper
filling its universe of blades;

it will be with the strike of a woodpecker’s beak
on tree-trunk, all its edges sweet,
embracing us, as the hills are filled

with the quiet breath we thought we lost,
face-down, dew-spattered, in hiding
from all that has happened. Heaving up,

almost unnoticed, shedding earth,
no lesser weight can smother us.
There are no stars we cannot claim.

Tim Kiely is a criminal barrister and poet based in London. He has been published by ‘Dreich’, ‘South Bank Poetry’, ‘Under the Radar’ and ‘Magma’. His poetry pamphlet ‘Hymn to the Smoke’ was a winner of the 2020 Indigo Dreams First Pamphlet Competition