Despite being a reluctant runner, I’m slowly edging towards the 5K end of ‘Couch to 5K’. That is, I’ve almost made it past the coffee table… So I’m delighted to have a poem in the anthology The Result is What You See Today edited by Paul Deaton, Kim Moore and Ben Wilkinson, and published by Smith/Doorstop.

To whet your appetite, here are the first couple of stanzas:


There’s virtue in the air, I sniff it,

snap my eyes awake; called to running

by the lack of traffic noise,

the Sunday shape.

An instant of regret is quickly lost,

I don’t linger in the kitchen door

or frame myself lulled with eggs

and beans, a wodge of papers on the floor…