Tuesday, 6 October 2009

David Morley - Painted in Nest Boxes: Bird Poems (6)

‘greenness a thousand times more green’
      —Dorothy Wordsworth


Now they are precision
      for opening seed hearts.

Now they are jade lanterns
      on a bough -
      sweet-hearts and pair-bonds.

Now they are emerald
      lamps lit
      over the bird feeder.

Now they lime-light the branches,
      pears or goosegogs.

No green more greener
      nor no finch
      more finchier.

1 comment:

Emily Hasler said...

Enjoying these birds, and good to see an epigraph from our dear Dotty. There are still resident greenfinches in Dove Cottage garden, I'm pleased to announce.