poetry pf header


home>poets>Helen Mort

Helen Mort     about Helen      more poems

events listing


home button poets button features button

links button shop button about ppf button email ppf button



in pamphlet collection, Lie of the Land, 2010,

The Wordsworth Trust


Common Names


Somewhere, there is a spider called Harrison Ford,

another genus known as Orson Welles. The oceanís full

of seahorses who take their names from racing champs.

Above our heads, a solitary Greta Garbo wasp takes flight.


Each day, someone adopts a killer whale or buys

a patch of moon only to call it Bob and last night,

watching meteors sail drunk across the Grasmere sky,

you told me there are minor planets christened


Elvis, Nietzsche, Mr Spock. So forgive me if I looked up

past your face, to see those nearly-silver drops

make rivers in the dark, and, for a moment,

almost thought there might be stars named after us.


Helen Mort


last update:

Helen Mort photo

e-mail Helen
Helen Mort website

poetry favourites:
CB1 Poetry,
Christs College -  Milton,
Poetry Society Stanzas,
Poetry International 

and in the shop ...
pamphlets -
"Lie of the Land",
The Wordsworth Trust;

"the shape of every box"
"a pint for the ghost",


© of all poems featured on this site remains with the poet
site feedback welcome