The below poem will appear in Katrina’s third collection, Wild Persistence, forthcoming from Seren this June.
House as Tent
You walk uphill to sleep, downhill early morning – and there’s a flush – it’s more complicated than slipping out, squatting in the chill, the moon keeping its eye on you. The back door hangs in the breeze, wanting to flap like dark green nylon but lacking something. I miss the soft bark of nesting magpies, we couldn’t know we’d pitched beneath them. I’ll admit the bed’s comfier here, without the cold shriek of a mummy’s zip. We were not as clean as we might have been. I had a relationship with fire. The pale blue box with its flue in the corner is as nothing compared with the dry furze gathered at the bright blue end of day, sparks fleeing from the gorse and granite, stars watching from their distance deciding whether to show themselves, for there are almost no obligations on a moor. Here, the big dipper just fits above our terrace, it’s a surprise I looked up at all. Here are many rooms; there, just the two – indoors and out. Here, you wrestle with a window, I had no window there; except for that space when the moor’s ponies and cattle stand, motionless and you can think about the things that matter