Joy McCall

Joy is a paraplegic amputee following a motorcycle crash which ended her nursing work. She lives with her biker husband in the old walled city of Norwich UK. She has two incredible adult daughters.She has written poetry, mostly tanka, for 50 years, after finding a book of Ryokan's poems in the school library.

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old gods
sleep in the dark
underfoot -
waiting for us
to lay down roots


let us graze
in these poppy fields . . . 
I'll sing,
a primitive man,
covered in poppy dust


he was right,
we are fucked up . . . 
in our 
own way, these mistakes,
this slow despair