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Winter

Andy Lyle 1951 (Londonderry)




Virgin fields and dirty road verges
Following the last snowfall
Diamond encrusted branches
Free from wildlife
Icicles racing to the ground
From frozen gutters
Webs with prism splitting drops
Hanging from fragile silk
Bending twigs ground wards
Birds searching desperately for food
Beneath the empty bird table
On frost dusted grass hops the blackbird
Where once he danced in the sun for worms
Chasing rivals to get to the last remaining morsels
Silence broken by the geese flying south
Their V formation like wartime bombers
I grab a few logs and head indoors
Feed the fire and pray for springs' early arrival




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Submitted by andylyle1 on March 29, 2014

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