April

Arthur Broomfield
Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet, short story writer, essayist and Beckett scholar from County Laois, Ireland.

Paint smeared April parades
lilies, that brandish the blood
of the quick, pink viburnum;
magnolias, sepals stained, in retreat,
too late to flee the crematorium.

The yellow daffodil, standing
tall above the March grass,
sees through the bare hedge,
withers in haste.

This is the month
when the paedophile prowls
the school playground,
bags of bullseyes
bulging in his pockets.

The Count shuffles 
to the mouth of his cave,
sniffs the morning air,
doubts himself, eavesdrops
on the evensong.

Recoils to ponder
the promised land.

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