READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 12

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This week’s poems are by ‘Aniseed Chadwick’ and Wilf Daniells.

FACE IN THE TREES

Constable’s ‘Hay Wain’ hangs on the wall.

You look at the picture,

but do you see all? There’s a face in the trees,

at least three by two,

though no need to worry,

it looks not at you.

When I first saw this vision,

I gave such a start,

those aqualine features,

eyes closed on the cart.

A man gestures outwards.

Do you think that he knows?

The dog with its tail up,

pointing at nose.

A scene surrealistic.

Or is it just me?

Well look for yourself

at what’s haunting the tree,

and if you are thinking,

that’s quite enough said,

there’s a profile in the headscarf

stamped on ‘her’ forehead.

PS Stand back!

ANISEED CHADWICK

BUTTERFLY’S LAMENT

My life is short, sometimes I wish

To swim in water cool or warm

And be more like a frog or fish

Away from chilly wind and storm

I long to live a nice long life

To be with water lilies white

Safely cosy, free from strife

The moon aglow above at night

My mother was a tortoiseshell

Who lived up in the sunny sky

She laid my egg and hid it well

So I became a butterfly.

WILF DANIELLS

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