On the fence

Matt Gilbert

You wouldn’t believe

what I saw from the train,

as it slowed, outside Tulse Hill


a ghost, snagged on a wire,

between the embankment and

someone’s small back garden


rag cloaked, light pushing

through worn fabric, just

one thin leg had crossed over


caught in the act like a burglar,

frozen while trying to get out,

halfway between here and forever.

Matt Gilbert is a freelance copywriter, who also writes a blog at richlyevocative.net - mostly about place and books. He can also be found on twitter @richlyevocative. Originally from Bristol, England, he currently gets his fill of urban hills in South East London. He has had poems published by Anthropocene, Black Bough and Ink Sweat & Tears among others