by the underpass
square by square
like police finger tips
search long grass
juicy with sap
between silk stems
and butter cups
his grey helmet head
and thick neck
bobby beating back and forth as
tips his head and listens for
leather jackets and slow worms and
stabs the soft ground
recent rain after
a dry april spell
sweetsmell wet grass as
Inspiration: I live very close to Southampton Common and every day during lockdown, before breakfast, my husband and I would cycle round and round the Common for permitted exercise. We liked to go early before there were too many people about. In May, when there were buttercups everywhere, I noticed the behaviour of several jackdaws which strutted about like policemen in helmets and worked on the image as I rode home.
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