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featured poet – June English (1936-2018)


June English

 

Dandelion

     Normandy, 2006
 
I’m lounging outside the Villa Bauden,
eyes disconnected from my thoughts,
content for now to linger in the sun,
take in the grizzled quarry-face, pick out the pink
that glints and gleams between the lichen,
the tangled shrubs that sprout
from weathered crevices and cracks.
 
A late bee buzzing by my ear
draws my eyes to where
an undefeated dandelion has spread
its broad, tough leaves umbrella-like
across the blue-grey grit.
Tall as raised golden fists, flowers rise,
unfold to throw their future to the wind.
 

June Enlish

in collection, Survival Cider, 2016, Hearing Eye