How hard I try to emulate
the tufted dandie dinmont
snuffling up cherries where they’ve fallen
in dark circles under the leaves,
deaf to the chivvying of his owner
what with everything there is to enjoy.
PENNY BOXALL has won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Mslexia Poetry Competition and a Northern Writers’ Award. She is currently Fellow in the Creative Arts at Merton College, Oxford.