freedom from us

 

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we have been waiting a long time to return

after the young lads’ motorbikes

and the putting up of robust fences

we need space to recover

from decayed, dumped

litter, rubber, wires, scraps, bricks and linoleum

we grew round it

we grow still

reclaiming

knowing that it all comes to us in the end

we have been waiting a long time to return

 

we have been waiting a long time to return

sunlight trips through our leaves and branches

new, just born green glows bright

an engine stalled

laughter

a woodpecker’s continual  cry of alarm

dogs scenting past, noses low

goosegrass starting its sticky climb

nettles eager to sting sharply

beware all ye who enter here

we have been waiting a long time to return

 

we have been waiting a long time to return

flies hover in the pots of sunlight

a flash of red through the trees

small streams of spiderweb link us all

breeze lifts the overpowering scent of new haw blossom

branches sway to our own dance in a 4/4 time

she blows a cool reply in the ear

we have been waiting a long time to return

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