Mina Gorji

Mina Gorji

hedge song

I am standing  beside the hedge
listening to its song:

so many generations
calling through the leaves.

Further away, the Roman road
sends out its hum,

and closer by, the wind replies
a lower note. Perhaps

it hears me too,
this hedge, my heart song –

pitched beyond
my own ears’ frequency,

an answer –

not quite
an echo.

MINA GORJI was born in Iran and lives in Cambridge. Her debut collection, Art of Escape, was published by Carcanet in 2020, and was a Telegraph ‘Book of the Month’. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review and the Forward Book of Poetry amongst others.