Image by Norman McBeath

The sun has burst the sky

Jenny Joseph


The sun has burst the sky

Jenny Joseph


The sun has burst the sky

The sun has burst the sky

The sun has burst the sky
Because I love you
And the river its banks.

The sea laps the great rocks
Because I love you
And takes no heed of the moon dragging it away
And saying coldly 'Constancy is not for you'.

The blackbird fills the air
Because I love you
With spring and lawns and shadows falling on lawns.

The people walk in the street and laugh
I love you
And far down the river ships sound their hooters
Crazy with joy because I love you.


from Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 1992), copyright © Jenny Joseph 1988, used by permission of the author and Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

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