Christopher Reid

La Tartuga

From one back window, piano practice:
repeated attacks on a trap of chords
repeatedly sprung;
            and from another,
soprano arpeggios, intricate as hopscotch.

The dauntless human musical endeavour!

It's touch and go, too, in the animal kingdom,
where a tortoise tilts and bumps itself down
            some concrete steps,
like removal men managing
a large, dusty but once-loved
piece of farmhouse bedroom furniture,
and a bee gang carries out a spot raid
on the deep, deep-purple flowers
of a shaken sage-bush.


Solar System


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