a twitch. a mile. a thought. a city.

next door cuts death from roses
short scratch afore ink floods nib
nib floods cosmos

houses on-the-wonk
sit seconds apart
semantic fields of reservation
satin skin

fiddle with this quiet
roll it deftly
between forefinger
and thumb

breathe common time
andante at the window
watch a muted hedge betty

Biography: Kitty Hawkins received two awards for her undergraduate poetry collection, Acoustics, at the University of Reading. She graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2022 with a Master's in Creative Writing. Kitty won the 'Magdalena Young Poets' award, 2022. Her work can be found at www.seedlingpoets.com, and is forthcoming at www.autofocuslit.com/mag.