#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Eleventh Day: 7th. Common pipistrelle bat/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Steven Stokes, Amanda Bell and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Eleventh Day – Common pipistrelle bat

Pipistrelle

As sunset stains the sky
they pour like mercury from the gap
in the outbuilding door.

Swoop, zip and circle
in the glare of light around the lamp,
catch moths on the wing.

Jerk, twist and turn,
hoover up lacewings and biting midges
in fluid aerobatic displays.

Not black, a warm cognac;
these flittermice click songflights,
slice through air.

Matchbox-small,
beady eyes glitter like black stars
in tiny dog faces.

A strange kind of mammal,
they sleep upside down, umbrella wings spread
ready for the next sunset.

-Annest Gwilym

Pipistrellus female-1 pipistrelle

A Pipistrellus pipistrellus (i.e., the common pipistrelle) sits in the hands of a researcher.

pipistrelles by Steven Stokes

pipisrellles

Pipistrelles by Amanda Bell

Bats Emerge

-Hannah Linden

Moor Park on Guy Fawkes Night 2020

A couple walking laps
have paused to watch
a startled bat wheel
round a bare tree,
a lost leaf flapping
blindly in the storm.

They walk away
while it still circles,
knowing it will fly
till it collapses
in the dark

where people meet
illicitly to light
black market fireworks
and watch them throw
their fleeting shapes
defiantly into the sky.

–Katerina Neocleous 

Bios and Links

-Annest Gwilym

Author of two books of poetry: Surfacing (2018) and What the Owl Taught Me (2020), both published by Lapwing Poetry. Annest has been published in many literary journals and anthologies, both online and in print, and placed in several writing competitions, winning one. She is a nominee for Best of the Net 2021.

-Katerina Neocleous

is a British Greek poet, and co edits the quarterly poetry magazine, ‘Obsessed With Pipework’. She is published in multiple poetry journals and anthologies. In 2019 she was commissioned to make a short film about her poetry, for a national museum & art gallery. Her chapbook is called ‘Wish’ (Maytree Press); and a full collection is forthcoming from Flarestack Publishing. Visit her at katneocleouspoet.com for more information.

2 thoughts on “#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Eleventh Day: 7th. Common pipistrelle bat/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Steven Stokes, Amanda Bell and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

  1. Moor Park on Guy Fawkes Night 2020

    A couple walking laps
    have paused to watch
    a startled bat wheel
    round a bare tree,
    like a lost leaf flapping
    blindly in the storm.

    They walk away
    while it still circles,
    knowing it will fly
    till it collapses
    in the dark

    where people meet
    illicitly to light
    black market fireworks
    and watch them throw
    their fleeting shapes
    defiantly into the night.

    Katerina Neocleous

  2. Pingback: Moor Park on Guy Fawkes Night 2020 – KatNeocleousPoetry

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