The Starving Edge

The Starving Edge

You ask me to write of new beginnings

when from

un-leaving trees

autumn blood flows,

when the talk is all of cuts carving

the trunk of consented life.


Such wanton speeches made sly solemnly

by those

sitting smug in

the safest seats,

feed the juggernaut of greed, taxing

fierce sacrifices from the frail.


Can vulnerable buds be induced at

this blood

wounded juncture?

As heedless boots

cause a crunching carpet’s golden leaves

to break down to crumbling brown.


The bleeding of trees and the grieving of

clouds names

November’s rise,

month of recalled

souls, as a gusted gull croaks above

the nets my words are casting.


Time to grieve the wounds that fester unsung,

to find

the silent rooms,

the dormant tombs

that long lain unused could prove wombs to

the remaking we ache for.


The true new beginning is to live stripped,


and wilful at

the starving edge

of brightening days, where solstice endured

yields to winter birthing spring.


From Arriving in Magic – Copyright Adrian G R Scott

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Adrian G R Scott lives in the Rivelin Valley, Sheffield, he is a poet , writer and amateur photographer. For more He has studied theology, organisation development and is now working on a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield University. He has written two books of poetry, one of prose and edited a collection of Poetry by the two writing groups he facilitates. After suffering a breakdown in 2014 he has undergone Jungian Analysis for the last two years. He also facilitates Rites of Passage for men and is fascinated by the stories and poetry that come from holy scriptures, fairy tales and other major world religions. He is especially interested in how we find our way through the world with the help of such stories and poems. ​ His books are available at Buy Books


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