by Rebecca Violet White

A different climate change

one that happened before

one when

                                ice melted and then

quern                    corn                       cattle

We found the bones in peat

in our own time

bones worn

where women had rocked back and forth

shoulders            hips                        feet

Un-piecing the stone cairns

skeletons under lab light

note the

back, forth, quern on quern

grind                      grinding                ground

Ten thousand years worth of change

and the sound

the sound

of women rocking and

ice                          melt                       noise

The thought of the yellow sun

on the faces of fields

on faces

only just existing

trees                     forests                  felled

A new world opening

a new word

women rock

some of us are still rocking

feeling the change of the weather

in our bones.

‘Déjà vu’ read and performed by Rebecca Violet White 

Rebecca Violet White

Rebecca Violet White is a poet living on a narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, England with her cat Maanjhee. She is preoccupied by the outdoors. Since finishing her Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia in 2014 she has been published by Ink, Sweat and Tears, For Book’s Sake, Elbow Room, Telltale Press, The Emma Press and The Signal House Edition.

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