READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 30

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This week we have two poems – Why, by Colin Clements, and Robin, by Val Nunn.

WHY

Why do the stars glitter at night

Why is the sunshine so very bright

Why is it we can’t see the moon on a cloudy night.

Why does the traffic go so very fast

Are they trying to catch up with the past

Or don’t they want to finish last.

Why don’t the trains keep to time

Is it because there is snow or leaves on the line

Why do people run when they can walk

And why walk when you can sit

And why sit down when you can lie down

Why do people cry when they are happy

Why do they cry when they are sad.

Why do black birds stop singing at the end of June? Is it because he sings out of tune

Why out of all the flowers we can see, you will never see a yellow Sweet pea, or a wild Dog Rose that has no smell, when someone knows please will they tell.

Why is it easy as A B C, because the letters come before Zee.

COLIN CLEMENTS

ROBIN

Brave little bird

In a bright red vest

Why do you sing

When the earth is at rest?

All the other birds cease

As the shadows grow long

But still you continue

Your sad lilting song.

Wise little bird

In my garden tree

I wish you could speak

As you stare at me

Do you carry the pain

Of the sadness you see?

Is that why you sing

In a minor key?

Dear little bird

Do not worry or mope

For those long summer days

Filled with promise and hope

Spring will soon come

In a glorious rush

And your song will be joyous

Like blackbird and thrush.

VAL NUNN

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