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Feather's Miscellany: Dent de Lion

John Waddington-Feather highlights a favourite of the English hedgerows.

‘Dent de lion’ – ‘lion’s tooth’ golden
you glow like sun at noon;
glimpses of summer in spring,
you light up hedgerows and fields,
pester our lawns and borders,
yet off you go too soon.
Like us, silver-headed you turn
then suddenly bald when fitful winds
parachute your offspring far and wide.

Your ragged leaves remain – the lion’s teeth
which give your name;
green fangs below a fiery sun
that holds your future,
and which our children blow
as playthings in the wind.

John Waddington-Feather ©


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