► Colin's microchap & selected poem are available below.
Cover design by poet
The title, Traginares, takes its name
from the Latin root for 'train'.
Only the birds are out this morning.
Dogs remain crouched at their front doors,
fishermen choose the blanket over the reel.
The waves’ flurry washes away
a scurry of sandpipers
as a train cuts through the mist.
It’s a watercolour with grey wash
even the goats can’t escape, the cows
anchored to their fields, stoic as rock.
Workmen abroad at Bellarina,
their hi-vis overalls two drops of sun
against this Autumn sky.
Underneath it all, a row of crows,
a tractor persisting,
a farm shed collapsing.
Colin Dardis © 2018