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Age of innocence

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Village boy


Look at this village boy, his head is stuffed

With all the nests he knows, his pockets with flowers,

Snail-shells and bits of glass, the fruit of hours

Spent in the fields by thorn and thistle tuft.

Look at his eyes, see the harebell hiding there;

Mark how the sun has freckled his smooth face

Like a finch's egg under that bush of hair

That dares the wind, and in the mixen now

Notice his poise; from such unconscious grace

Earth breeds and beckons to the stubborn plough.


by R.S. Thomas


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Taken on November 18, 2010