Wind changes

Wind changes

Walls run with lizard, ladybird, sun-shadows,
stone baking still though the fierce heat has gone,
shrinking day by day deeper to the core.

Meadow grass bobs with yellow flower heads,
sunspots, dabs of mauve, clover, thistle,
the dash of butterflies.

But wind rattles the drying leaves,
tossing poplar pennies, raining acorns
where furtive fur ruffles,

and the lizard lifts its head, sniffing the change,
aeons of memory of the great cold coming,
and the dark just beneath the hedge.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

10 thoughts on “Wind changes”

    1. Thank you 🙂 The wind has swung around to the south again and it’s warm. The harvesters have just started on the corn so there’s a noise all the time, wind and distant machinery. They’ll keep at it well into the night.

    1. It’s still blowing from the south but we’ve been warned—it’s going to swing north in the course of the next 24 hours. The ladybirds have holed up and I think the lizards know where they’ll be when the cold comes.

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