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Watching swallows (at City Farm) 6 Mar 2017 (Notes from the North) Apples have been pressed into a frothy / cloudiness, and a chiffchaff is hopping...

Apples have been pressed into a frothy

cloudiness, and a chiffchaff is hopping

from rose bush to fruit tree, but the swallows

have gone now, collectively withdrawing

like fielders from a cricket season.

 

In spring the courtyard was a velodrome –

they wheeled and whirled around the stonework, brushed

faces at the half-open stable door,

soared into the middle air and darted

onto rafters in open-sided barns.

 

They greeted cats with warning cries, lined up

on rooftops for explosions of chatter,

skimmed the insect-heavy crops and watched us

watching them. But now they are gone, leaving

the incurable coldness of autumn.

 

‘Dah-svedahnyah, lehta, dah-svedahnyah.’*


* Until we meet again, summer, goodbye (an old Russian song).

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