Declaration of independence

Everything is there
       in the poems
and in the paintings
       and in the small
wooden sculptures
       and in my silence

I have nothing more
       to say on the subject
no clever definitions
       no neat explanations

I am fascinated by
       the stealthy growth of trees
and by the secret destinations
       of swallows and angels
I prefer to be in love
       rather than not
but sorry to say I have
       nothing else to add

John Lyons


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