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Paternoster

Paternoster
for A.B.J.

Paternoster. Paternoster.
Hallowed be dy mane.
Dy kingdom come.
Dy draftwork be done.
Still plough the day
And give out daily bray
Though heart stiffen in the harness.
Then sleep hang harness with bearbells
And trot on bravely into sleep
Where the black and the bay
The sorrel and the grey
And foals and bearded wheat
Are waiting.
It is on earth as it is in heaven.
Drought, wildfire,
Wild asparagus, yellow flowers
On the flowering cactus.
Give our daily wheat, wet
Whiskers in the sonorous bucket.
Knead my heart, hardened daily.
Heal the hoofprint in my heart.
Give us our oats at bedtime
And in the night half-sleeping.
Paternoster. Paternoster.
Hallowed be dy hot mash.


'Paternoster' from Nigh No Place (Bloodaxe, 2008), (c) Jen Hadfield 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Jen Hadfield Reading from Her Poems

1Nigh-No-Place

2Lucky Seven

3The Blokes and Beasties

4This is Us Saint's Day

5Prenatal Polar Bear

6Chatter

7Kodachrome

8The Mandolin of May

9Thou Shalt Want Want Want

10Still Life with Longjohns

11Paternoster

12Ladies and Gentlemen This is a Horse as Magritte Might Paint Him

13Burra Moonwalk

14Twelve Boreal Lyrics

15Thrimlice-Isbister

16Our Lady of Isbister

17"Aa"

18Love's Dog

19Self-Portrait as a Fortune-Telling Miracle Fish

20Ten-minute break haiku

21Daed-traa

22Stumba 23Bridge End October

24GIsh

25Blashey-wadder

26Glid 27Summer Migrants 28Hedgehog Hamnavoe

29Some Fool Moon Voices

30XXI The World

31Dog-Days

32Orchid Dog

33Hey Hey Mr Blue

34Ghosty's Almanac

35Melodeon on the Road Home

36M74 Glasgow to Carlisle

37Fructidor/September

38Hooymaand/Hay Month/July

39Trespass/Saturnalia

40Lida Aerra/Joytime/June

41Hen Pheasant

42Unfledging

43Odysseus and the Sou'wester

44The Wren

45Burra Grace

46No snow fell on Eden

47First poem for Owl and Sophie

48In the Same Way

49Cabbage

50Iamb

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