Featured Writer: Lynn White

Where is the Real World


There was a broken circle in my field of wheat this morning.

Can’t explain it.

Walked through the wheat scratching my head with a stalk.

Can’t explain.

There are shapes in the circle, shapes which look like

the shapes and spaces of this world. Lands and seas.

Can’t explain them.

Fell asleep in the scratchy stalks of my field in the sunshine.

Can’t say why.

Awoke in England, I think, lying there, floating above it,

I think.

Lying here, drifting away, like a balloon out of control,

but avoiding the sun and the stars and the other worlds.

I think.

Or am I lying below, in my field with my heels on the ground?

Difficult to know. 

Hard to discern this place and know my place in it. 

Can’t explain 

why I’m floating here, unsure if I’m drifting above or below.

I might fall. I might fall up or down. I don’t know which.

Can’t explain my confusion.

But, I’ll know when I stop spinning round, seeing the stars

in the sunshine.

But how will I get down if I’m already below, my heels grounded

in reality,

in England, in my field of wheat, scratching my head, looking, 

up at the shapes in the space of the sky drifting above me.

Can’t explain.

© Lynn White

Lynn White...About the Author

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published in anthologies and journals such as Vagabond Press, Apogee, Firewords, Pilcrow & Dagger, Indie Soleil, Light and Snapdragon.


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