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Scarlet ibis glide in to nest for the night
as the swamp breathes a sigh of relief


Bamboo boatmen slide out
from under the house stilts
to scavenge for not yet rotted flesh
reciting the ancient rhyme:

“Visibility poor…”


First performed at the Oxford Literary Festival 2007, launching ‘The Nail’ poetry magazine’s climate change themed edition, ‘Re:versing the Damage’, in which it was published. And to mark International Dawn Chorus Day 2017 at DIVAcontemporary Studio (listen here)