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This poem is taken from PN Review 216, Volume 40 Number 4, March - April 2014.

‘St Oswald’s Church’ and Other Poems Carola Luther
After Reading Your Manuscript under the Sycamore Tree in May
(for H)


Leaf husks


everywhere


no                     the word’s too dry like crusts or


biscuits             let’s call them                mother-


petals                  new-leaf                      mother-


petals


long                                                              soft


their throat-pink fading at the apex


to palest


primrose





Suddenly everywhere                               pocks


specks        


stipples


on the sky                               drifting sideways


adrift as children


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