Path Kill | Fay Musselwhite

After several days,
between outcrops of fur
and its silvery moss remains,
a pouch, bin-bag black,
creases at the underbelly
like a baby’s wrist,
still foetal, kidney shaped,
held from dew and rain.

Woodlouse and fly families later,
flat stacked in fraying layers
dog-eared rug-matted black
leaf-like in leaves, secret
in bramble and buttercup,
ransacked, leaching back.

From Fay Musselwhite’s sequence ‘Breach’ in the Longbarrow Press anthology
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