Penny Faulkner is a London-based poet who poems evoke the landscapes of the natural and manmade world, while also exploring themes of identity, loss and change.
Penny works full time as a teacher in a hospital school in South London, and is also a ceramicist and a member of the Turning Earth ceramic studio in Hoxton. As well as performing with Dodo Modern Poets on several occasions, Penny has also published work in poetry magazines and anthologies and is an active member of the Southwark Poetry Stanza.
Enough blue sky
Scrappy mongrel clouds
tussle over scraps of sky,
as a wire dotted with starlings
pings open into flight. In the fields
stands a bridge, propped up alone
in the middle of munching cattle.
There are rumours about a road.
In a circle, the first and the last
become neighbours, and I am ready
to stake my claim to the front
of the line. Whippet-alert and eager,
plaited and checked and waiting
beneath this rare summer sky
ungrazed by clouds.
The morning’s clarity has curdled
into plump cream puffs
but you sip your coffee, measure
the blue with flicks of your eyes.
There’s enough blue sky
to make your husband a suit.
It’ll be a fine day.
© Penny Faulkner, 2014