Initial sightings coincide with the first frost – spotted
on seafront dog-walkers, cyclists muffled against the raw.
An old woman at the front of the bus, shrunken head
nodding under one bigger than a snoozing Bagpuss.
Then suddenly they’re everywhere – a woollen pandemic,
spread from high-end boutiques and market stalls alike;
indiscriminate to age, race, gender, faith –
from old boys in the bookies to girls in Gap puffers.
In the corner shop, at the school-gates,
at the urinals in Wetherspoons.
Some say they shouldn’t be part of society –
the rise of the hoodie all over again.
Under her tasselled standard lamp, your Nan clicks
patient needles over Coronation Street.
Soon you could be joining the ranks.
Holly Magill’s poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Interpreter’s House and Bare Fiction, and anthologies –Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and #MeToo: A Women’s Poetry Anthology (Fair Acre Press). She co-edits Atrium – . Her debut pamphlet, The Becoming of Lady Flambé, is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing: