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18 March 2014
 
While the Drood's away at Edwin Drood's Column
Hugh Featherstone prepares the fatted calf on a tiny planet.
 
The prodigals return

The watch-making biologist,
great Doctor, wears us on his wrist
a tiny planet spun around
the least of all his suns
the merest spark

How curious, we’d not be missed
upon His grand, immortal list
we hardly span this dungeon round
and yet we sense the fun
the cosmic lark

In juxtaposing God’s great fist
with fragile us, we get the gist
whoever we are, lost or found
we know that we’re the ones
who leave a mark

No need to bargain or insist
whenever we break through the mist
we’re greeted by a joyous sound
our brothers fire their guns
and mastiffs bark

And tender maidens, roughly kissed
gaze up to see our ship resist
the clouds in which she’s run aground
and rise, full, clear, to stun
the fleeting dark

The impudent, the brilliant
the ones who never learn
today the prodigals return

Hear angels laugh in heaven

Hark!



From Bird under water, a selection of poems by Hugh Featherstone

© Hugh Featherstone


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