Jo Burns

The Tipping Point

Jo Burns

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Consider for a moment communications, the deviation 

of fading channels as waves south in propagation. 


Consider the shift in phases and delay of the source to retriever, 

as interference amplifies the wireless signals. 


Consider the stop at a traffic light where broadcasts stutter––

A new text message landing on your lap after crossing ether. 


Consider how you regain the network and lose the static 

when you jolt just a fraction of a metre, 


Consider clouds, pouches which fade as fast as they were formed

or condensation which is only a temporary pelf of the morning.


Consider elasticity and blackout snaps from youth up to the pause of here.

A woman at the mirror tracing her carelessness and care. 


Like the sun, hyperboreal at the beginning, she sinks for recollection.

to brim anew into vibrato cusp (when she stops considering)


Those lapses when transmission cuts and nothing sounds in midlife ruts—

Amber where we stop to split— at midpoint, one end fully earthed, 


the other end catapulting off the edge, to someone beyond the green. 


Jo Burns


Born in County Derry, Northern Ireland in 1976, Jo Burns studied Biomedical Science. She now lives in Germany. Her poems are published by or forthcoming in: A New UlsterForage, Four x Four, Headstuff,  Ink Sweat and Tears, Headstuff  Lakeview International Journal of Arts and Literature,  Orbis, Picaroon,  Poethead, Poetry Breakfast, Poetry on the Lake, Poetry Pacific, Prole, Shotglass Journal,  The Incubator, The Galway Review, The Honest Ulsterman, The Interpreter’s House,  The Irish Literary Times, The Literateur among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and highly commended several competitions.  She is one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017.