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Broken Cable

In the middle of the bright Atlantic
Floating on the swell between island volcanoes
Beneath reflective surface tension
Silvered gas bubbles catch the light
And, across the issuing rift
A long snake of data cable
Broken sheared twisted

As the gas breaks the surface
We hear voices
Blogs bubbling to the top
Instructions to buy or sell
A thousand tiny voices
Sparkling in the sunshine
Several parrot fish swim by
Next day when snorkelling
I fancy I hear fish blogging

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

This poem was first  published by the wonderful Helen Ivory on Ink, Sweat and Tears:  http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?p=12491

‘May Ball’ published today at Silver Birch Press

My poem ‘May Ball’ is published today over at Silver Birch Press as part of their One Good Memory series. Each May (around the end of the academic year), the various colleges that make up Oxford University each hold a Ball. In my twenties, I was a member of Wolfson College, a very modern college which only has Graduate Students.

This poem was written on the morning of the Ball — I was still wearing my bright yellow ballgown!

The Mourning of the Children


There are towers, tall and round, no
windows and, at the ground, simply one
slender doorless entrance where I find
wide shallow multicoloured steps girdle
the wall, spiral up, up and up. Lens shaped
fat floors hover at random heights, can
be accessed by leaping across a sweeping
chasm. I leapt and slid across the silky slippy surface
of a convex floor last night and am
still falling down and down, watching
the floor rise to devour me. Yet here
I stand waiting to ascend once more.


A voice asks:
What pecks now at the bleached bones
of your ideology and who weighs
the sins that you will not repent?


I do not know but must climb anew
until I locate an answer in each crying smile
of the many small children that gather around
each tower, hands pressed to the walls.

Copyright © 2022 Kim Whysall-Hammond

This is (almost) a blow by blow account of a dream I had several months ago. It
filled my mind as I woke up and haunted me for most of the day. I get weird
dreams sometimes…

Tonight, Ingrid is hosting dVerse Poetics, where she asks for poetry inspired by dreams or visions. This poem was first published in Ink Drinkers Poetry, Issue 6, June 2022.

My poem published in Hedgehog Press Anthology

I’m delighted to announce that a poem of mine is published today in the latest anthology from Hedgehog Press . The title of this anthology is The Song of the Hedgehog:

Pre-Order: – “The Song of the Hedgehog” – Various Artists – The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

Once again, thank you Mark, for taking my poem, which is written from the point of view of a hedgehog looking for love……

The title of my poem , Hedgehogs, be not seen , is from Shakespeare.

Two poems up at Soft Star Magazine

I’m delighted to tell you that two of my poems, “Singing the Cosmos” and “Hot Knife in Butter”, are now both online over at Soft Star Magazine. Both were written to this months theme of Aurora.

https://softstarmagazine.substack.com/p/singing-the-cosmos-and-hot-knife

“Singing the Cosmos” is an ode to cosmology and quantum physics, but please don’t let that put you off reading it!

“Hot Knife in Butter” is an attempt to describe the Northern Lights…..

Compostable Love

Happy hours are spent caring
for my compost heaps, feeding them
weeds, grass cuttings, kitchen scraps

The joy of opening a lid
limned with curvaceous curling worms
writhing in clammy pink clumps

a welcome puff of warm air
demonstrating that abundant life is
busy about its bacterial business

watching millipedes and centipedes scatter
diving deep into their insectivorous city
that teems with life and death

I look forward to spreading the fine rich proceeds
of all this work by others on my soil

This poem was first published by Bind Collective, November 2021.

Posted here as part of the Open Link Night over at Dverse

‘As Slow as Starlight’ now published in Frozen Wavelets

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my poem ‘As Slow as Starlight‘ has been published in Issue 7 of the excellent magazine, Frozen Wavelets.

Thank you Steph Bianchini for taking my poem.

The issue is available online at:

My poem in Hedgehog Press Anthology

I’m delighted to announce that a poem of mine is to be published in an anthology from Hedgehog Press . The title of this anthology is The Song of the Hedgehog. You can pre-order here:

Pre-Order: – “The Song of the Hedgehog” – Various Artists – The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

Thank you Mark, for taking my poem, which is written from the point of view of a hedgehog looking for love……

The title , Hedgehogs, be not seen , is from Shakespeare.

Science and Science Fiction poetry: Alien Evening

Moonlight  has banished an ocean of stars,
pouring  molten bronze across the ocean
where limpid waves stroke a pebbled shore.
A harsh breeze crashes across our equipment
as if breaking on a reef
Distant creatures call evenings end,
sharp disembodied sentinels of the night.
We lock ourselves in and wait.

Copyright © 2019 Kim Whysall-Hammond

‘Alien evening’ was first published by Frozen Wavelets December 2019 issue 1  :https://frozenwavelets.com/issue-1-toc/

Mondays are Science and SF Mondays!

A poem each week which either has a science theme or is Science Fiction…..