Lay for the Day
Georges Day, and the anniversary of the death of two of Englands
great poets, William Wordsworth, in 1850, and William Shakespeare, in
1616. It is also, by tradition, the date of Shakespeares birth
based on a plausible calculation from the date of his baptism, coupled
with a desire for the Master of the Globe to have had a circular life,
beginning and ending on the same day and lasting 52 years, the number
of weeks in the circuit of a year.
the book of Praises:
Of St Georges Weather
Hail scolding, gusts buffeting
Through the white and dark clouds, baby simple
Sky looks down; then a flurry of damp snow
Dissolving quicker than torn-off blossom.
Our brooding turbulence distilled
Laden atmosphere, not vice versa:
Suddenly from the north, April inverts
The fallacy that we call pathetic.
A blue-white flash behind
your head: heavens
Photographed a moment of exultance.
Barging aside normality, the boss
Thunder speaks in a second: Hold it there.
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