Wednesday, 29 October 2008

the buds on the rowan

(for and after Larry Butler and Gael Turner)

the buds on the rowan waken
ask for sunlight
receive it, even in Scotland
winter-dormant branches stretch upwards
in a long stiff yawn
feeling, searching for rebirth
birds, returning
land on familiar perches
the rain reminds them of reality
still the buds long to open

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