Posted by: John Looker | 10 September, 2020

Autumn under coronavirus

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We’re like medieval countryfolk
Confined to their fields and lanes.

Above us the swifts swoop and wheel
Refuelling for their long-haul flights.

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© John Looker 2020


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  1. Great short poem there John! At least we have fields and lanes- my eldest did lockdown in a hot city centre.

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  2. Taht’s great John – short and to the point!

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  3. I’ve been in the garden (in the middle of our village) watching the swifts and the martins – the martins still here on their third brood – and it has been wonderful. Thank you for this neat image.

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    • Ah, thanks Hilary. It’s great watching them, I do agree.

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  4. Oh, to be a swift. ❤ Beautifully written, John.

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  5. John, a beautifully succinct poem contrasting our Covid-confined lives with the freedom of those zipping, dipping swifts scooping bellyfuls of insects for their long haul east. ..

    Better a raptor on your tail perhaps than our lurking, lethal pathogen?

    Best,

    Paul

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    • Thanks Paul – what an interesting comparison! We do live in such strange times right now.

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  6. Nice! Good poem John

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    • Thanks a lot Fred. Nice to hear from you!

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  7. Thanks a lot Fred. Nice to hear from you!

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  8. Makes me smile, John.

    Thanks, Tom

    On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:07 AM Poetry from John Looker wrote:

    > John Looker posted: ” We’re like medieval countryfolkConfined to their > fields and lanes. Above us the swifts swoop and wheelRefuelling for their > long-haul flights. © John Looker 2020 ” >

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  9. Hello Tom – thank you!

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  10. Absolutely love this, John; it’s pitch-perfect and very beautiful in its compactness, clarity and emotional punch. I’m particularly drawn to the nature reference, of course; and your portrayal of us as the simple, earthbound, primitive species and the swifts as the advanced, sophisticated globalists we like to think we are is masterly. I think you may have just invented the English haiku! N.

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    • Many thanks Nick – I’m glad it’s been a hit with you! I hope you are getting out cycling as much as you want.

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  11. Without television they looked elsewhere
    Finding truth and even beauty out there

    Progress commonly seen as improvement
    Frequently damages, destroys them both

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  12. Such a well-written poem! You say a lot with so few words! 🙂

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    • Thank you Cherie – you’re very kind.

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  13. Very well done, thank you for posting this.

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