Postcards From Malthusia DAY NINETY-FOUR: Mary Matusz

Keeping Safe


I’m thankful for the timely pheasant who called

today in this moment of slow time, a flash

of golden plumage behind the flowers,


an incessant blackbird returned,

a song thrush repeated its phrases

twice, often three times over


and the lesser celandine arrived after

coming through storms – seven godly

yellow petals, a child’s flower painting.


Yesterday tulips opened their faces;

I know I am not the only one

to chart the days of apple blossom.


We are not in ruins. I am not the only

person in the world. Soon the light

will signal the fronds of ferns to uncurl.



Mary Matusz lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, including Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Raving Beauties, Bloodaxe), Diversifly (Fair Acre Press) and Pennine Platform, and are forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg and The North.


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