POEM Paul Henry

NWR Issue 120

Cave Songs

Cat, you’ve caught me inland
sending you this faint light
from Gounod’s old torch.

I am inside the limestone cave
where a white fish survived
on darkness for centuries.

See how the beam’s baton
moves about the silence
between us, the darkness

how it picks out this wall
in tears, these crotchets
hanging by their feet...



Paul Henry is the author of nine books of verse. Originally a songwriter, he has performed his poems and songs at literary and music festivals across the world. He has presented arts programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio Three and Radio Four. His latest collection, The Glass Aisle, is published by Seren. You can visit his website here.

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