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Queens of the May and other poems- Catriona Clutterbuck

QUEENS OF THE MAY

Mayday. White afternoon light
in the white mouth of the year.

Follow a blue thread of sound
to the braid of girls
in their convent-school years
song-circling the stations of faith -

grey chapel and tennis court,
silver graveyard and Canon’s Walk,

towering beech trees
baby-greening ajar
the cervix of summer
above our mantilla’d heads -

Hear again this, our petition
in the hymn of our changing flesh:
bring flowers of the rarest
and blossoms the fairest…

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