2020

The corona man

When we lived in Lakenham,which had just avoided the bombs,the corona man came week by week, with his fizzy crate,his Dandelion and Burdockand his sustainable, esoteric bottles He did not keep his distanceand he did not wear a mask:there may…

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Young birds

Light flashes in the hedgeas young birdsfree from the fieldstaste the edges of their new world then come to feed from our fingers:sunlight pierces their wingsand the puzzle of leaves and branchesas we watch, remembering Columbathe holy dove and the flames…

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Drawn to the edge

The sun plays hide-and-seek among hilltop treesfiring its paintball light onto the valley water,inventing strange angles and impossible colours while shadow ice coats cracking valley wallslike deep-sea teethanchored in cold blood and geese skate like beginners down the canal,breaking the fragile…

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Archangels

Archangels fall from the sky as autumn tiptoes in: they defend the faithful from invisible foes, holding back the bitter rain and the onslaught of dragons All this has happened before, when the stars changed colour, shifted to red and…

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Proof of heaven

As in a soup, spoon-hot,I float with noodles – the yellow tubes hold me upand I defy gravity,my organs mystified at the lack of pressurefrom above or below All is calm: I drift,waiting for God to speak Like Julian, I look…

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