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Image by Caroline Forbes

Serenade

Let be the laughter in the hanging gardens
and the dial ablaze, the green man
flourishing his sleeves and up to mischief,

where the cat extends and rolls its silver fur
across a sun-spot, where all points of light
play leap-frog dazzle in a water-bowl

and everything is animation, interlace,
the best of being here, a setting-down
on lease from shade and shadow, out

into the primal space, the freely-given
with the cost not counted, where the two of us
lie down together, laughing, and let be.


from New and Selected Poems (Peterloo Poets, 2004), copyright © John Mole 2004, used by permission of the author and the publisher

Recordings

John Mole Reading from his Poems

1The War

2Lottery Draft

3Coming Home

4Actually

5Travellers

6Simpleton

7The Walking Bell

8The Birthday

9The Wolf-Mask

10Alice and Alice

11Ghost Story

12The Pelican

13Jack-in-the-Box

14The Balancing Man

15Song of the Hat-Raising Doll

16Variation on an Old Rhyme

17Dream Girl

18When Tommy Cooper Died on Stage

19Answer Phone

20Fats

21Walking

22Across the Lawn

23The Loss

24The Cherry Tree

25La Jeunesse

26Revenant

27That Afternoon

28This Moment

29The Waterfall

30Inheriting the Album

31Serenade

32A Different Ending

33Not Too Late