(A song of the suburbs)
You open bright paper petals
To the empty sky and the scarring wind
Launching your tiny, suggestive scent
In shockwaves on the evening air.
Birds wake to the sound of it, and bees;
Gnats spin in clouds, dizzy with cherrythoughts.
Small flies wade in your anthers: pollen sticks
and spreads, with the promise of stones.
Tossed, on a coiled Spring morning
Your petals shake and blur
A sudden tremor, a passing van
Sets pavements dancing, white as wedding-day.
Cleverly, in the dust of streets
Pulverised by cars and summer’s drought,
You cram the sun’s pulp into fruit
Fit for starlingfeast and sparrowpie,
Then fade to brown.