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Christopher Taylor – On My Return

ON MY RETURN

If I have been away beyond the burn,
if you blinked twice and didn’t see me go,
examine me for change on my return.

Through forests damp, on moss and branch I turn,
not flinching at the croak of beady crow,
if I have been away beyond the burn.

Across the moor, past each unrolling fern,
I come to you in the first dust of snow;
examine me for change on my return.

While surfacing to daylight, I discern,
in that dark water, voices who would know
if I have been away beyond the burn.

The heavy earth, the frigid air, the churn
of slanting sun, the blinding evening’s glow
examine me for change on my return.

We family around our campfire learn
to watch for strangers in the shadows, so
if I have been away beyond the burn,
examine me for change on my return.


‘On My Return’ by Christopher Taylor received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2021) judged by Paul McDonald.


Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor grew up in Northumberland and has lived in various parts of England, Africa and Asia. He works as a freelance applied mathematician. In his spare time he likes to go hiking, read novels and play the guitar. He currently divides his time between Devon and Taiwan.