Poetry: 'Degrees of Difficulty'
Written by Ralph Dartford
There was a girl I used to know
who would swallow dive on to her
four poster bed in times of excitement.
She’d start her run in the hallway –
ensure the matting was taped down hard.
Trips could lose her points, even smash a nose.
Afterwards, whilst smoking French cigarettes,
she’d recount other dives and falls.
The twist of hate that muscled her heart.
About the Author
Ralph Dartford’s first collection, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in 2013. His next collection, Recovery Songs, was published by Valley Press in 2019, and Hidden Music followed in October 2021. Ralph is poetry editor at www.northerngravy.com and is currently studying for a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Huddersfield. @Dartford