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July 01st 2010 print

Andrew Lansdown

Timphony

 Weird to be here to hear,

in this field of wild lupins

laden with seed and lost

for harvest, this low symphony

of simple percussion:

the click of castanets

as dry pods dehisce

and discharge a timpani,

a timphony of seeds

to complement

the rattle of maracas

as the unpopped pods

shake in the arrhythmic air.