Poet: Eley Furrell

It’s in the heavy stillness of night

that I would value company most.

When there's no one else abroad,

the silence hangs thick off my walls.

A cold, silver light spills

in and falls across my lap,

like the ghost of a dog;

a once loved friend,

resting his head on my knee.


When the only sound is the blood

in my veins, hands fairly thick with it,

and the clock ticks out

its rage to the room.

If I were to stand outside,

down in the street, I would hear it.

If I could only escape

the blanket of silence

two feet thick off my walls.

Eley Furrell writes muscular and engaged verse which holds spiritual beauty at arms length. He's been widely published in poetry anthologies including the Stroud Poets Series and the 'Wool and Water' collection published by Yew Tree Press. Both Eley and his partner Kim Baker can be heard reading on Corinium Radio

Eley runs The Ale House Poets in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.