Lesley Burt

calluna vulgaris

August heathland
swept with shadow
and purple shades named
for flowers
lilac lavender heather

silver-studded blues flicker
over clumps
of flower-bells
pause on mauve haze
close wings quiver

beesfussin and out
of hummocks
hum communal noise
over faint scents
halt harvestmove on

a flowername for a girl
like RoseRose West
Fred & Rose chose
this flower name for
their daughter Heather.

‘calluna’ vulgaris by Lesley Burt won 2nd Prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2020) judged by Roger Elkin.


Lesley Burt’s poetry has been successful in writing competitions including a first prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly (August 2016). She has also been widely published in magazines and websites over many years, including: The Interpreter’s House, Sarasvati, Reach, Dawntreader, Prole, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Tears in the Fence, The Butchers Dog, The Poetry KitLong Exposure, The Poetry Shed, Algebra of Owls, Strange Poetry and Ink, Sweat and Tears.  Her pamphlet was Highly Commended in the Mslexia/PBS pamphlet competition 2018. 

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