John Burnside Poems

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1.
Snake

As cats bring their smiling
mouse-kills and hypnotised birds,
slinking home under the light
of a summer's morning
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2.
Agoraphobia

My whole world is all you refuse:
a black light, angelic and cold
on the path to the orchard,
fox-runs and clouded lanes and the glitter of webbing,
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3.
Blues

It’s moments like this
when the barman goes through the back
and leaves me alone
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4.
Over Kellie

If summer is conversation,
then winter is thought;
or so it seems tonight: rain in the trees
and, halfway between our house
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5.
Ronan

To prove that nothing
really disappears
and nothing comes of nothing,
days like these
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6.
Septuagesima

I dream of the silence
the day before Adam came
to name the animals,
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7.
Si Dieu N’existait Pas

No one invents an absence:
Cadmium yellow, duckweed, the capercaillie
- see how the hand we would name restrains itself
till all our stories end in monochrome;
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8.
The Inner Ear

It never switches off; even asleep
We listen in to gravity itself.
Crossing a field is one long exercise
in equilibrium - a player’s grace -
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9.
The Archaeology Of Childhood 1: House

If the house in a dream
Is how I imagine myself:
room after room
of furniture no one could use;
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10.
Cornfield

Nothing is as it was
in childhood, when we had to learn the names
of objects and colours,
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