Julia Bird

Image by Caroline Forbes

This Does Me for Snow

Julia Bird

This Does Me for Snow

Julia Bird

This Does Me for Snow

This Does Me for Snow

A bed's made in a hurry.
The blanket settles
and the awkward contours
of a kicked-off sock, a paperback
are soothed ... and this
does me for snow

while these sweet equivalencies
put the pink in my cheeks
and a snap in my bunting:
the whoof of a tube pulling into the station,
the hand-dryer's hot down-draft,
the small mistral
from a slammed novel.

Fog where
an ice-cube cold front collides
with the ambient heat of the gin;
fog where
the juniper and lime roll in
and over my brain
hitting the dewpoint
again and again.

Imaginary friends!
Hey, dream lovers and drama queens -

yesterday, the neighbour's cat
seeped into my house
through an open window,
and somewhere today
a dog has set in barking
for the afternoon.

Bark, bark, bark,
bark, bark.

first published in The Shuffle Anthology 2008/9, © Julia Bird 2009, used by permission of the author.


Julia Bird

Julia Bird Reading from her poems

1Article of Faith

2Jim Fixed it For Me

3Time, Ladies, Please

4The World's Population Visits the Isle of Wight

5This Much is Almost Guaranteed


7White Horse

8Covent Garden

9Five Years Trying to Win the Flower Show Vegetable Animal Class

10As The Peacock

11Paper Stars

12From Crammond Beach

13Fire in a Crowded Theatre

14Your Grandfather Would Have Wanted You to Have This

15I Really Should Quit, But


17Magnetic Translation: poetry one one sex

18The Animals Went in Two by Two

19Next Door Girl



22Hannah and the Monk

23Radio at Night

24What I Would Like is a Birdcage


26Souchong Sevenling

27Supersize Sevenling

28Orange Pips

29But They Wouldn't Want Us to Go Hungry


31Pure Maths

32Breathing Pattern

33This Does Me for Snow

34The Preservation of Flowers

35To Be Shone on His Body


37Love Poem with Artemia Nyos

38Victoria Street Reel