Furtive, creeping up,
without the courtesy of shoulder tap,
grief and sadness, dare not name,
a welling, smarting globe of shame.
Stephen Kingsnorth (Cambridge M.A., English & Religious Studies), retired to Wales from ministry in the Methodist Church due to Parkinson’s Disease, has had pieces published by on-line poetry sites, printed journals and anthologies, including The Parliament Literary Journal. His blog is at