POEM James Davey

NWR Issue 109

Morning Prayer

A deep-dream diver in gradual ascent:
I take myself in hand, carefully,
as if entrusted with a gold coin
or Hermes’ final root of moly.

I work a rhythm, an even stroke –
eyes clenched, breaths shallow;
I break the egg-blown surface of sleep
and re-enter the mortal world, fatto a mano.

James Davey is from Bristol and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Before recently moving to Norwich, he spent two and a half years living and working in Catania, Sicily, as an English-language teacher. His poems have previously appeared in journals including The Warwick Review, Poetry Wales, Stand, Ambit, New Walk, Agenda, Interpreter’s House and The Echo Room.


previous poem: The Entertainer
next poem: Fledge


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