Monday, 29 May 2017

The Green Shall Inherit

Put the sky behind you and clamber down
from the wind harried ridge to the deep coombe.

The air becomes still, the trees exhausting.
June the third and these plants would consume you

if such was their nature. Turn and turn back:
the weeds sprout even while you look away.

Drop to the bridle track, shrink to the beads
of dew, cuckoo spit froth, blackberry spike,

stick, splinter and mould. Ant, aphid, woodlouse,
and all the catastrophic underworld

are attending to their chores, chopping up
flags of leaves; new buds bulging in their spoil.

Careless, instinctual, organic - they're all
just a plague away from taking over.

Now shrink smaller still, down to the crazy
ommatidia of a beetle's eye,

gaze through a foliage kaleidoscope
- observatory to a mushroom sky.

First published in Popshot Magazine no. 17 Summer 2017


  1. Hello Marc,
    I really enjoyed reading your poetry - I was searching for poetry with "cuckoo spit" in it, since I want to write a feature on my own blog about this subject. Would you give me permission to copy the poem in my post, with links to your site?
    If not, can I just put the link in? The trouble with this is I know 98% of my readers never follow my links, so they won't read it!. My blog is,
    Many thanks for reading this,
    best wishes

  2. Yes, certainly, but please provide a link to this page and my Facebook page -