There’s a man in the corn

Rest easy my dear

With red on his hands

Poppies my dear

He’s crowned with storm-birds

Quickthorn my dear

I saw his face in the lightning’s fork

Sockets clear my dear

The driven rain was the world’s wide tear

Just so my dear

If I laid my eyes in, would you take him down?

O no my dear

from The Lady and the Hare: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2003), © Pauline Stainer 2003, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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