Joanne Whalley

they were filming Edge of Darkness
at the Ilkley College Student Union
I showed up to get some chips
and wondered why there was
cables and tech stuff everywhere
in the canteen
there sat a woman
the most preternaturally
ethereally
beautiful creature
I had ever seen
in my whole entire life
after a few questions
some chums lent me
a notepad
so I approached her
Joanne Whalley
in the glory of youth
saying I was a reporter
for the college rag
I bought her a coffee
and wrote down
what she said
but I wasn’t really listening
having already drowned
in her eyes

Joanne Whalley