After the Air Tattoo

By Fiona Sampson b. 1963 Fiona Sampson
All in the stilly night the muntjac
roars from its hedge: a barking roar
of July, heat, its own broken-open
                      under black
viscose, a sky
static with plane-roar.

The intermission after the greatest air show in the world;
fields and lane recovering;
tarmac tonguing sky again,
in the summer half-dark, towards Fairford

where ancient glass trembles,   
facets of dark open to tumble out
king, revenge-tragedy, triumphal colors of God.

Source: Poetry (December 2007).


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Poet Fiona Sampson b. 1963

Subjects Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict