Winner of the 2023 Creatives Flash Poetry Contest, kindly supported by Fort William Mountain Festival and the Highland Bookshop.
a shudder, a deep breath of damp air –
gravity pulls the finger-sized piece of wood
towards the dark water
chosen for thickness
a recognisable bend
and hopefully buoyancy.
wellingtons trample over the bridge.
we frantically scan with bright eyes
the white bubbles,
the moving light
the other debris
for a –
there’s mine! there’s mine! mine wins!