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54 another missing person

Gallas, John Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF
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Mrs Frost

Clarke, Gillian Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF
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The Roots

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

The Roots

The roots are stretching their arms, the buds are yawning,

The sun is signalling little points of red,

There are green smells wherever you turn, the bountiful earth

Heaves and there is movement in each flower-bed.

Snowdrops seem redundant, crocuses too.

February still yet it’s not hard to believe

The Spring has started its labour-pains, and birth

Is taking place wherever you look or feel.

My mind stretches, I smell the tang of a new

World in time and space, and everywhere

Murder and war have left for a little while

And there’s nothing but blossoming air.

Overture to Spring

It all began with a bicker,

A low note, a hopeful hint of beginnings

And I lay listening, waiting for further sounds

And they came in scores, in heralds, an orchestra

Rising now and welcoming the sun,

And the sun was spreading underneath a thin

Gauze of mist above the windows and trees,

And as the light spread and the birds’ strong voices

Grew louder but no less melodious, I ran

And opened every window in my room

And my heart beat fast, my mind was open to music

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