752: Smeuse

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Smeuse – that low-run gap
where the wild things are –
under Sussex-set hedges –
but now a reduced tag –
worn out – as are the places
without any lasting labels –
things will no longer exist
My kids already fail to name
occasional birds or trees
and without nature’s
passed down placeholders
a creation disappears –
until we chance to recapture
the nameless creatures
and pass the landscape on
with their ancient titles
and collected echoes
of common-place parlance
We may lose them all –
no word for ‘sparrow‘?
Then no sparrows are left



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