Reed warbler


Reed warbler song
etched with green daggers,
elongated spears of leaves,
deep in the shadowy murk of


wet stems and skins:
a songburst like a child’s
rattle, but just one phrase
breaks into the alder-
leaden air, into willow bows,
extended over a pond fed by the
Regent’s Canal.


© Daniel James Greenwood 2015

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