Poetry Corner

Once upon a time in vaccination land

Illustration by Katy Read
 Darkening Sunday evening, birds ruffle down,
 footling through twigs, featherbedding leaves.
  
 Charmed as children, we follow the river
 and fall across a fairytale, where a house 
  
 in a clearing is lit bright as any lantern,
 full to the gunnels with good witches, princes,
  
 sleepless beauties bearing magic potions;
 and God’s elderly helpers, fighting off time
  
 with clipboard shields and pencil swords.
 Reading between the lines of the tired and scared 
  
 they whisper soothing silvered words 
 of hope and happy endings. 

Harry Gallagher

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