Early April and there’s a light-footed feel.
Nothing troubles from the darkened underbrush,
and the sun’s late beauty daubs
the green wood with yellows.

As if for you, a thrush rills, blue pieces of silver
that will dry like watermarks. Almost delicate,
the hour around seven, a blown-glass bowl,
edgeless and honed, made bespoke.

Yet somewhere inside this evening hour,
a man refutes: his fist
will not burden the kitchen table.
A wintered heart, hard as a knot of holly.

This poem is from The Flower and the Frozen Sea (forthcoming), by permission of the author and The Gallery Press, Loughcrew, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland.
Source: Poetry (September 2015)
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