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Poetry Pleases: Unwintered

Amazing what a spot of winter sunshine can do, as Joyce Moon's poem reveals.

The sun shone today,
uncurled the village.
We did not scurry home
with scarce a nod
and stew-and-dumpling
shopping.
We gossiped,
lingered warmth into our
winter soul.

The sun shone today,
uncobwebbed bicycles,
spun dust-wheeled patterns
in shafts of light.
Hurtled with freedom
they sped,
unshackled
from their winter shed.

The sun shone today,
unovercoated colour.
Iridescent teenagers
with purple hair butterflied
the street,
paraded,
cast rainbow hues
on winter grey.

The sun shone today,
unhibernated neighbours.
We watched the territorial
blackbird
lunge and brawl
at green-capped starling,
weighted
with last crumbs of winter
suet.

The sun shone today,
unclouded our hearts,
song-lilted smiles to frowned
lips,
skipped our step,
edged patterns of mislaid
dreams,
reached out,
made us human again.

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