Photo by John Williams (2009)



















Journey to the Centre of the Earth

when you packed up all your books
and put them in the old battered case
alongside the colourings you did at school
surrounded them with scarves and gloves
and amulets from Stonehenge

when you raided the fridge
extracted all the milk and orange juice
sank your sharpened teeth
into the apples in the bowl
and took a bite from each

when you gathered everything you could
brought it down the broken path
and put it in the garden shed
did you think you’d stay forever
and never come out again?