Sparrows Beneath Eaves [Homeless beside the State Library] by Beverley George

Sparrows Beneath Eaves

[Homeless beside the State Library]

 

Swish of passing cars

and the long stains

of traffic lights

across gleaming macadam.

 

His upturned collar lets in drips

from the window glazing

that separates him

from warm-jacketed books

and winking necklaces of computer LED,

sly as bandy-bandy snakes.

 

The eaves here are wide.

Often rain does not reach his wall;

he glares at its encroachment,

a red-eyed Canute, cursing god and man                      

 

Bundles of rags and newspaper

mark the proximity of others;

strictures of survival

prohibit intimacy.

 

In early light the sparrows

flit down in twos and threes

to shake and strut in puddles,

fossick for damp crumbs.

 

He stretches night-cramped muscles,

and stoops to roll his blanket.

All that he possesses

becomes the new day’s burden.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From Beverley:

‘Sparrows Beneath Eaves’ highly commended in the Jean Stone Award 2006;

published in Poetrix #26  2007  and in an anthology of my work:

Drawing God and other pastimes  by Beverley George.  Picaro Press, 2009

 

Beverley George has spent most of her working life in libraries, mostly scientific ones, but she has also enjoyed time in public libraries, including a country children’s book service. Her private copious bookshelves reflect a lifelong love of books, which are arranged systematically for easy retrieval.
She greatly enjoys the Japanese poetic genres and produces Eucalypt: a tanka journal,  in print, on Hanno silk paper.

 

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