Poems

Mark O’Connor: Autumn in Acton

Autumn in Acton Season of fructose gladness, its sugars mixed With sadness for declining life and year. Now the year turns downwards to the compost tip Rosella parrots with their sideways treadle-ing claws Move transverse up the sprays of pyracanthus, Munch golden berries in a slow exultant dance.   But for students in the Acton antipodes the autumn is springtime, When migrating flocks settle in to fresh campus groves The newcomers mating and bonding, to raucous musical grunts And thumps that threaten the ancient roof-ridges Give their elders the fidgets Et gaudeamus igit- Ur! In this Academe spring of new…

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