Patrick Toland (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
No mighty fleet,
No dash across the heath.
I knew I had secured you
When I heard the plash and fall
Of feet on bathroom tiles,
Myself retreating softly, softly,
Thinking you deserve a better
Author of these small mythologies.
Patrick Toland is a teacher, Director of a Housing organisation and a mature student on the Oxford Masters of Studies in Writing. He recently had a winning poem, ‘The Naming of Stars’, in the Bodleian Science Library poetry competition 2011.