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Poetry
 
2004 competition: Third prize winner (2 of 4)
 
The earth is fruitful
 
Slow paced stragglers Lose a branch
Big bomb shelters Sprouting out
Little shoots struggle No drink
No chance
 

 
It’s too hot On the alleys and paths
The land is parched
 
Seeds scorched
 
But there are rumours Of fertile soil
Deep underground
 
Further down
 
Under the celebrated Hanging garden
A collateral bloom Drops with love
All know rain Is a gift from above
The roaring sandstorm
 
Hits the town
 
Streets and stems Wilt in the heat
If they had strength
 
They would weep
 
This is no place To stand and stare
But Look over there
 
Yes over there
 
Another blossom Hits another bridge
It bursts into petals
 
Melting metal
 
And I hear children Have been dead-headed
Homes turned over Hospitals raked
All the Schools Hoed into shape
Opportunity
 
Gathers pace
 
The air raid harrowing Is successful
A bountiful harvest For all to see
Then they’ll dig A deep dark yield
Gather up the gold Plenty to eat
Satisfied sleep
 

 
The earth is fruitful The earth is fruitful
Let it be known
 
The earth is fruitful
 
The roots laugh
 
 
And begin to trickle
 


Jonathan Wilson