1467: Looking Glass

Mistaking a neighbour’s
two-stroke strimmer
for another trapped bee –
one more season’s reck –

it too duped this side
of fingered glass panes –
just another easy
summertime error

I lifted a cold blackbird –
paw-rolled after impact
with that same window –
taking it from our path

to place its fragile body
under a pile of cracked tiles
from your tipping stack –
kept for future breakages

And later that day my neck
was burnt by sunlight hours
away from your sad spite –
that which has me crash

headlong into double-glazing
and collapsing on paving –
Another easy mistake –
not applying sun protection


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