Billy No Mates Magpie; My Tree

 

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Outside my kitchen window stands a single hopeful tree

Such beauty in the ghetto is a saving grace for me

In the spring at night its silver buds shine like tiny stars

Twinkling by the bin store and the white vans and the cars

In summer green its vibrant leaves shade cat shit covered grass

And flicker subtle shadows on my kitchen window glass

In the autumn there are berries, for tiny birds to eat

Glowing brighter than the sunset, falling red on grimy street

So many contemplative pigeons seeking sanctuary I’ve seen

So many blue tits, sparrows, robins, adding colours to the green

Squirrels, blackbirds, starlings; quarrels, lovemaking and chat

The cuckoo of a carrier bag, the stranded curious cat

One day they will chop it down and all that will be left

Will be the tarmac and the garages, and I shall be bereft

In the meantime, it is winter; naked branches cold and bare

And a single lonely magpie, every morning, sitting there

Usually with magpies, if you wait a little time

Another bird will come, to bring you joy, as in the rhyme

I watch the skies with hopeful eyes from early dawn till late

Can he be the only magpie in the world without a mate

The magpie sits alone and waits, he’ll be alone tomorrow

Billy No Mates Magpie

And his sorrow

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by Gail

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The Unbearable Brightness of Beauty

Beauty

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Beauty, your colours

Wash the eye with paint and pain

In rainbow prisms

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Beauty, your music

Astounds the ear to silence

In cadenced rhythm

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Beauty, your raw touch

Stirs the flesh to birth and death

In passion driven

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Beauty, your deep scent

Calls forth sudden memory

In flash unbidden

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Beauty, your rich taste

Licks the tongue to wild delight

In manna given

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Beauty, your glory

Ripples water, shatters stones

In revelation

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by Gail