Three Rivers Returning

By Tamsin Smith

.

woman

anything

but seated

plaster only

as the kind

that heals

says write

three lines

on the day

when another

keeper of words

cites an old world tradition

of asking the most helpless thing

for protection from grave menace

so I suggest we enlist

we volunteer army of three

ash-grey spoonbills

ballading ghost-fire

to a cold-eared pond

stirring the reeds

the way a child turns

an empty pocket out

to free any possibility

that we may again

fill our cheeks

with sweetness

enough to attest

Lorca,

We crickets

Are marching

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