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Graham Lindsay

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Life in the Queen's English

Images of the grass lift

off the grass kinds of green
I've seen before and I know

if I get down on hands and knees
I'll not necessarily improve

my understanding of the feel
of grass. Watching shapes

in the rock garden alter
with walking past, a plane

of grey gravel tips . . . Lovers
learning to walk together exit

from the park awkwardly.
Pines like green clouds

a pantheon of Lombardy
poplars. The way words

like images lift
pull back peel

from their referents, leave us

longing for the intimacy
that preceded their birth


Graham Lindsay

Last updated 15 July, 2004