Congratulations to our poet Lesley Saunders who has won the National Trust’s Landline Competition with her poem Leaf Goddess.
The question of bracelets is the one about
nakedness and what makes it, how her bare
arm has just brushed against the whale-back
of sky lying against the slow length of her
after all its migrations and tornadoes.
She imagines practising her feldenkrais
on its tired atmospheres, the inert gases
rippling like glass-eels under her fingers
while she becomes leaf-throat, leaf-speckle,
a tease of beetle-wings and copper beech,
a birds’-nest of precious-metal puffballs
and chlorophylls. Inevitable then that winter
is what she does best, the meaning
of which is resting roof-deep in leaf-lustre,
naked. Staying. Stayed.