Title: Lapwing

Author: Andrew Johnston

In: Sport 22: Autumn 1999

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 1999

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 22: Autumn 1999

Andrew Johnston — Lapwing

page 118

Andrew Johnston


I was like the lapwing—
a strange bird, from

‘leap’ and ‘wink’—
crested in stubble, or

black in flocks rising. How
do I know? You

bought the guide
by which I might identify.

Winter I stay, they
just up and fly. But

look in the book—
a leap, a wink—

there they are. They
look me in the eye.