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Only 8 9 days behind! That's practically not behind at all! *grin*



The winter sky is vivid
Far away and fairytale
Bright above the battlements
of the Woolwich Arsenal
An urban starling, tough
As a pigeon or a fox,
Though small, pecks chewing gum
from the tarmac

Drab and brown, sheened
And shining, mottled, specked
Uncamoflaged and brave
by the Woolwich Arsenal
It stands its ground –
Chest out-thrust, throstle
Jumping like a hearbeat –
upon the tarmac

Against the upcoming roar
Red, choked, mundane, uncaring
Of the overdue 122 bus
towards the Woolwich Arsenal
A flicker of wings
Metallic flash of green
In the chilling sunlight
feathers on the tarmac

Some things are worth fighting for
Some stands are not worth taking
Both these things are true, and
Content is more important than form
And a metaphor stretched to breaking point
Is broken

Urban starling, street
Savvy as any sewer rat
Takes to the fairytale sky
over the Woolwich Arsenal
And survives.
We learn the way of the world
The difference between idealism
and tarmac

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