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little Corner of England (17)

on reading Helen Thomas’ As It Was and World Without End

o this day this hot spring day
England o England magnolia starburst

the green urgent earth
yew hedges fat trees

purple fritillaria checkerboard
a word’s worth of narcissi

England o England
love scattered violets

on her pillow after childbirth
his son delivered the poet temporarily

from hill walk tock madness
(a soldier’s watch a death to come)

out of her body’s pear a son
(a son to watch over his death to come)

he gathered handfuls of pale sweet
scattered petals over this birth bed

as later she’d scatter tansy, thyme, lavender
rosemarinus remember love remember

over France
his soldier cross.

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