Sally Long has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East London and is studying for a PhD at Exeter University. She has had poems published in print and online magazines in the UK and US including Agenda, Haiku Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, London Grip, Poetry Salzburg Review, Shot Glass Journal and Snakeskin. Sally edits Allegro Poetry Magazine.
I've kept everything the way they left it;
a stool in its familiar place,
the basket on the table ready for bread,
nets abandoned on the shore half prepared.
I keep the boat moored at the lake's edge,
the hired men equipped, eager for work,
the fish waiting, weaving through waves,
heedless of the water's turbulence.