She told me she’d seen two birds, a brother and a sister, or maybe a mother
and a baby, she wasn’t sure, but they were flying
across the sky. She went to look again. This time she saw trees,
lavender trees she said. She said they were dancing in the air. And as she told me
I saw her mind moving in her eyes like a bird on the other side of the glass.
LAURA SCOTT’s first collection, So Many Rooms, was published by Carcanet and won the Seamus Heaney Prize in 2020.