Deborah Tyler-Bennett is a popular creative writing tutor here in Derby – we are very pleased that her talent is getting more attention!
Well done Deb!
Snow’s sugar, sifted on pub windows and shoppers’ faces,
settling like rumours on Albert Ball’s bronze trench-coat
as the angel at his shoulder whispers.
Castle grounds spread with wedding icing,
Standard Hill slippy with egg-white.
If not cold cast, Albert might shift left foot,
pull coat collars round young cheeks,
see knuckles redden.
Snow throws Nottingham lace covers on parked cars,
Court-house museums, new clubs where bouncers
older than Albert Ball pull Paul Smith collars
round grated cheeks.
Lovers scurry for neon doorways, a drunk slides
on his back, lies there laughing. All hurry
towards bars chiming with mobiles.
Castle grounds, locked against vagrants.
On a snowy tablecloth, Albert…
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