April Sonnet: Paul Brookes

Paul Brookes
Rain words, dull roots, flowers, heady woodland 
wild garlic scent , bird song, bleating lambs, wild 
riverside daffs, smaller, more delicate, grand, 
a paler yellow trumpets silence styled.

Kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, shag
and puffin, gannets, fulmar, back to shore 
stanzas. Blackthorn blossom a white froth brags
engenders tales white flowers before

words burst bud. Curlew's soft, bubbling call. Ring 
Ouzel's a blackbird with white bib blasts out 
of heather. Emperor moths day-flying 
eyespot patterns verbs on their four wings, spout

verse cocoons on moors. I sit to sup gold
ale sunglint on pint glass, thankful winter's told.

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