Everything now is 
stained with hope,
the juice of possibility.
Ripe pomegranate blush.
New mornings open
while we hold our breath;
vermilion on our far horizon. 
Even rain delights me now:
soft amber jazz percussion.
How do I live with all this 
sudden brilliance?
I stay awake all night,
longing for the salt;
the everyday enchantment.

— ‘Pomegranate’ from Journey
SUE LEWIS is a South London poet. Her quietly elegant lyric poetry speaks with empathy and insight of how things are; the texture of our lives.
 
She has won the prestigious Cinnamon Press poetry pamphlet competition twice: with Texture in 2019 and again in 2021 with Journey. Her poetry has been published in The Fenland Reed, South Bank Poetry, Morley Magazine, Blithe Spirit and Lunch and she was shortlisted for the Morley Arts Festival poetry competition in 2018. In 2020 her work featured in the pandemic anthology Beyond the Storm which raised funds for NHS charities and she was commended in the Sutton Remembrance poetry competition in 2021.

She reads regularly with Croydon’s Poets Anonymous and is a member of the British Haiku Society, the Poetry Society, the Second Light network, the Kith writing community and the Surrey haiku group Leaves to a Tree.  She has an MA in Creative Writing, practises tai chi and qigong, plays the recorder and loves to walk through both rural and urban landscapes.

Journey and Texture are both available from Cinnamon Press and from all good online bookshops and Amazon.