National Poetry Month: “Spring Song” by Peter Fallon

Spring“Spring Song” by Peter Fallon from News of the World.

It was as if
someone only had to say
to set alight
the chestnut

Bloom and blossom
everywhere, on furze,
on Queen Anne’s Lace.
A breeze blew
cherry snows
on the common place.

Weeds on walls;
the long grass
of the long acre;
the elderberry bushes
blazing thanks
to their maker.

Loud leaves of
southside trees,
the reticent buds of ash,
the reach of undergrowth
were voices, voices,
woods’ panache.

Cub foxes.
Cock pheasants braced
themselves to sing.
The white thorn flowers
were the light infantry
of Spring

Marching down the headlands.
A new flock flowed
through a breach,
a makeshift gate.
And this is heaven:
sunrise through a copper beech

About wfupress

Wake Forest University Press was founded in 1976 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Exclusively publishing Irish poetry, we are a small academic press and the premier publisher of Irish poetry in North America. We still reside in Winston-Salem as a part of Wake Forest University, and continue to publish culturally-rich literature.
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