Poetic Devices: 

Underside

Poem from Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears by Hilda Offen

Furrows unfurl,
Carved by the plough – Curl, fold, fall back:
The skin peels away.

Struggle of earthworms:
Sheen of crow's wing:
Roots.
Pipe stems, bones:
Splintered flints:
Black leaf-mould:
Shells.
Odours of earth,
Secret, moist – Sighs and whispers
Of long buried things.

Now china sparks
In the sun – Gold-traced, fragmented,
A rose
Bursts into life.

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Hilda Offen - Underside

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