Sycamore seeds

Harlequin, John Lyons (oil on canvas)

Sycamore seeds

Through an open skylight
           sycamore seeds helicopter down
into my living space
           In Egyptian mythology
the sacred sycamore in which
           the goddess Hathor perched
when she created
           the irrepressible world

As children we’d gather these seeds
           and cast them high into the wind
and watch as they spiralled
           back to the ground
back to the earth
           from which they sprang

John Lyons