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End Of A Day

Rating: 2.9

In the long evening of April through the cool light
Bayle's two sheep dogs sail down the lane like magpies
for the flock a moment before he appears near the oaks
a stub of a man rolling as he approaches
smiling and smiling and his dogs are afraid of him
we stand among the radiant stones looking out over
green lucent wheat and earth combed red under bare walnut limbs
bees hanging late in cowslips and lingering bird cherry
stumps and brush that were the grove of hazel trees
where the land turns above the draped slopes and the valley

filled with its one sunbeam and we exchange a few questions
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Michael Hogan 08 September 2013

A powerful elegiac piece in which the property rights of a neighbor tear the soul out of the land. Moving to me because so understated and because of the helplessness of the narrator in the face of such thoughtless brutality.

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