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John LEONARD poetry: Concreted, Unli/oving

Concreted, Unli/oving

They lack in their memories, their being:

Thesmellofasummereveningwalking
downtotheriverwherefishareleaping
&theairisfullofmayfliesandfluff
fromtallreedsalongtheditches
withthesundazzlingingoldenslant;

Thefeeloficywindblastingacross
floodedlevelsbeforedawnwhenstars
aredimmingandtheeastbeginstobrighten
crunchingthroughfrozenpuddlesfeet
sinkingintothesoftnessofthemudbelow;

Thecoloursofbrowningleavesonbranches
alongtheridgeinhighchalkcountry
thevalleyspreadingoutinfront
withitslinesofhedgeautumncopses
&hereandtherehomesteadsincrystallight;

And because of this lack their every action
Brings a world concreted, unli/oving, one
Ending and not to be grasped in loss.

John Leonard

John Leonard lives in Canberra, Australia.
More poetry on website: www.jleonard.net

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