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sleep now

Forncett St Peter, Norfolk


Sleep now,

Your blood moving in the quiet wind;

No longer afraid of the rabbits

Hurrying through the tall grass

Or the faces laughing from

The beach and among cold trees.


Sleep now,

Alone in the sleeves of grief,

Listening to clothes falling

And your flesh touching God;

To the chatter and backslapping

Of Christ meeting heroes of war.


Sleep now,

Your words have passed

The lights shining from the East

And the sound of flak

Raping graves and emptying seasons.


You do not hear the dry wind pray

Or the children play a game called soldiers

In the street


Brian Patten


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Uploaded on November 15, 2006