One afternoon cloud held
by two church steeples

All other clouds held
by vertices & silhouettes

Cotton liaisons
between those clouds

Rims illumined
by dimming suns

Chariot descending

Phoebus to the West

“Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right;
north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few
seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east,
east . . .”
(Very last lines of Aldous Huxley’s novel ‘Brave New World’ )



Vanessa Vie
Picture by Vanessa Vie


From “Open Windows, Open Doors” [New Departures 2020/2021]. The book is available to order directly from New Departures via [email protected] OR via OR on order from Waterstones

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