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I turned away from vain staring down the line
for a train that would not come
and found trees beyond the station.
Viewed from Bracknell’s municipal greyness
their greens were varied and splendid
their depth intriguing
a beckoning call to some other place.
I probably saw wasteland
“Soon to be redeveloped”
but, for second or two, it was Faery.
Then the train came.

Copyright © 2020 Kim Whysall-Hammond

Glimpse was first published by Wild Pressed Books in the anthology New Towns edited by Robert Francis. Available here

Rattling the Drawers

I was spoon fed them
accepting passively the gift
yet another small burden to carry down the years
plastic bag of large sliver spoons all tarnished
a bit like me

Left in a cupboard
rediscovered when decorating
polished laboriously
put experimentally in a drawer

Now each meal uses one or two
dolloping pasta or curry onto family plates
use keeps them shiny, blessed fact
and their surfaces reflect laughter and love

I regret not asking my mother
back in her living time
where they came from
within a small working class family

Already I see the ones I will give this summer
to my eldest son and the woman he loves
as they start their lives together

I hope she will not see them as a burden

Copyright © 2020 Kim Whysall-Hammond

This poem was first published by An Ink Slingers Observance in their June 2020 print edition.

Ground-glass opacity

Soft as a blown rose, a tiny killer
seeps into your everything even white bone.
Sharp receptors grip like crampons as it
climbs down the chimney of your throat
to the soft hinterland of your lungs
ripe meadows about to be trashed.
Once base camp is set up
it storms your defences
you die hard and slow
fighting for every breath.

Copyright © 2022 Kim Whysall-Hammond

This poem was first published in Issue 30 (the Covid issue) of  Amsterdam Quarterly  March 2021:

“Carve it in Doves and Pomegranates” published today in Utopia Science Fiction Magazine

I am delighted to announce that my poem “Carve it in Doves and Pomegranates” has been published in Utopia Science Fiction Magazine’s February/March Issue (2022).

You can find a copy available here.

50% of sales from this issue will be donated to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency). A United Nations charity which collects funds to provide humanitarian aid to families displaced by conflicts around the world, including Ukraine

My poem in Hedgehog Press Anthology

Yay! I’m delighted to announce that my poem, Hedgehogs, be not seen , is in the latest anthology from Hedgehog Press and that it is now available to pre-order.

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)

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.


We have captured the stones in their circles
first with maps and sketches
now with our many photographs.
They would otherwise move
dance in moonlight’s shadows,
shuffle away to the devils lair,
creep up on a King or a witch.
We have opened the barrow graves to sunlight
pinned them to history with interpretive notices
collected the many bones within.
Lurking on ridges, smothered with grass,
besieged by fields and fences,
children now play in dark chambers
where once ancestors dreamed.
Do the stones protest at their confinement?
Do barrow wights still lurk after dark?
Have we chased away the Gods-smith?
Do we care?

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First published at London Grip https://londongrip.co.uk/

‘Seed Guardian’ at Silver Birch Press

I’m very pleased to point out that my poem Seed Guardian is now up at Silver Birch Press.

The poem is about my husband, who not only sells Cheese but is also a Seed Guardian for the National Heritage Seed Library, helping to save rare vegetable varieties for the future.

Seed Guardian by Kim Whysall-Hammond (HOW TO HEAL THE EARTH Series) | Silver Birch Press (wordpress.com)