The world is calm – a forest set
Is warmed and lazed with hanging flies.
A roe deer tiptoes off through fern.
A stock dove picks its roosting beech.
A willow dapples evening pools
And hides a hunter in the shade.
A sycamore suffused with bronze
Provides the cloak for rising roach.
Beneath the skin the skittered prey:
The rudd, the gudgeon, dace and fry.
Amongst the reeds the lurking perch
Keep eyes for minnows, eyes for pike.
The water, stars, the earth, and gold:
Between these states we quiver on.