We pack in <
Jolt down /
The smell of closeness
Sixteen bodies cubed
and dropping
into nothing
Just your half-peach profile
fuzzy through shutters
of one eye at a time
a piece of a jigsaw
of hard hats and noses
You told me you would
smuggle down a star
keep it alive
in the twinkle of your eye
a flower from the desert –
a hope
till we next see * light *


Winston Plowes shares his floating home in Calderdale UK with his 16-year-old cat, Sausage. He teaches creative writing in schools and to local groups while she dreams of Mouseland.

Find Winston on his website or via Twitter.

‘Pithead’ is inspired by a subterranean interactive performance of ‘Trapped’ by Experiential Physical theatre group and the lyrics and performance of vocalist Hayley Youell. National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, 27th April 2018.

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