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Sport 40: 2012

Poet Hard at Work

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Poet Hard at Work

Down the road there’s an orchard no one
cares for much, although
someone once left a ladder out
and a few prunings still lie there, tumbled about.

That’s where I stop when I go off on the bike.
I peer through to see what
among the trees degged with lichen
might be happening. And there it is—

the first blossom, a plum.
This needs a patch of blue behind it
and all I’ve got for now is grey
so I watch, and while I do

a line of cars passes.
Away they go to the last one
leaving behind something which grows and becomes
silence—and a cry: a lamb!

Chips of gravel lie this way and that
the way tyres flung them
into the weeds all reaching and shining and showing
every one of them a someone

and here am I—
not anyone or anywhere
among small stones and grass
waiting for a cloud to pass.