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Spring Is Failing

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Spring is failing.

And it’s not just the forecast

Crooned by the weather person

Or the news headlines saying –

‘Scotland still without power,’ – it’s failing!

 

It’s failing the birds

And the hibernating animals,

Too scared to wake, too tired to sleep.

 

It’s failing the people;

Stung from the gas boards who rub

Their fat hands over fat blue flames.

 

And as the meter’s tick, tick, tick, empty –

Spring is failing.

 

 

And still the snow dances,

Falling from the sky like confetti

On a stone man’s wedding,

While the red breasted bird

Salvages the last piece of fat

From the half moon, hanging by a rope

out back.

Spring is failing.

 

 

 

Postman’s Knock

Nobody comes but the postman.

She watches him pause by the fence.

 

He slips his wedding band into

his pocket.  The red light beckons.

His guilt, as thick as his folded fivers.

 

©Eilidh G Clark

N.B. The first line in this poem is taken from Gillian Clarke’s ‘At One Thousand Feet’.