It has taken generations
           of imagination to arrive
at the world we have today
           to develop the sense of things
and a sense of the self :
           there was a time of innocence
but we live in an age of complicity
           and intricate evasions of the truth

and still the approach to summer
           has its separate silence
which may be detected
           in the modulated signals
of birdsong

Nature with its own
           unfretted agenda : yesterday
daffodils and crocuses
           and swathes of cherry blossom
and buds barely able
           to contain their leaves

John Lyons


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