Hedge Trimming

HEDGE TRIMMING

In another life I’ll let the overgrowth
grow over me, once in a while
not pass the afternoon hedge clipping.
Come to think of it, maybe I’ll not
keep a hedge, nor hedge my bets
nor live so much in parenthesis.
I’ll study the passions and subtleties of weeds,
make new terms with earth, its terrors.
No longer now the neighbourhood boast
and envy, who once could keep so straight
a line, so spirit level through murrayea
and privet, fastidious worrier at the edges
of things, Blake’s “tame high finisher
of paltry blots and sundry paltry rhymes.”
Neighbourhood dogs will take back to their mistresses’
drawing rooms reports of strange sightings:
a wild man laughing through the overgrowth.


from It Was the Singing (Sandberry Press, 2000), copyright © Edward Baugh 2000, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1Amadou's Mother

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2Black Sand

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3The Carpenter's Complaint

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4Choices

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5The Dark Hole in the Garden

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6Freeze Warning

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7Guinea-Hen Weed

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8It Was the Singing

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9I wish you a Leaf Falling

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10Nightwalker

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11A Nineteenth-Century Portrait

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12Obituary Page

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13Sometimes in the Middle of the Story

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14Telling the Time

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15Words

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17True Love

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18The Comings and Goings of Poems

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20Famous Evenings

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21For Simon Cole

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22Getting There

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23Hedge Trimming

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24Holy Fever

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25Home Truths

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26The House

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27Long Service Award

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28Memories Like Comfort Stones

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29Niigger Sweat

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30Out of Stock

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31People Poem (The Leader Speaks)

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32Pilot Boat

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33River Song

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34Running River Water

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35To the Editor Who Asked Me To Send Him Some of My Black Poems

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36Truth and Consequences

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37Walking to Jerusalem

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38What's Poetry For?

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39'When The Doomed Are Most Eloquent In Their Sinking'

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40You Ever Notice How

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41The Poet Bemused

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42An Open Letter to Feelings of Insecurity

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43The Warner Woman

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44Lignum Vitae

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