William Blake says: Everything that Lives is Holy

Long live the Child
Long live the Mother and Father
Long live the People

Long live this wounded Planet
Long live the good milk of the Air
Long live the spawning Rivers and the
mothering Oceans
Long live the juice of the Grass
and all the determined greenery of the Globe

Long live the Elephants and the Sea Horses,
the Humming-Birds and the Gorillas,
the Dogs and Cats and Field-Mice -
all the surviving Animals
our innocent Sisters and Brothers

Long live the Earth, deeper than all our thinking

we have done enough killing

Long live the Man
Long live the Woman
Who use both courage and compassion
Long live their Children


from The Shadow Knows - Poems 2000-2003 (Bloodaxe, 2004), copyright © Adrian Mitchell 2004, used by permission of the author

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1A Flying Song

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2Icarus Schmicarus

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3My Mother and Father or Why I Began to Hate War

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4Remember Suez?

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5Veteran with a Head Wound

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6The Dust

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7Nostalgia - Now Threepence Off

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8Fifteen Million Plastic Bags

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9Song about Mary

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10Elephant Eternity

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11A Year Passes, as Years Do

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12Life Is A Walk Across A Field

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13My Friend the Talking Elevator of Tokyo

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14In My Two Small Fists

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15to all our friends

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16Englanding

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17Leaflets

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18What to Do if You Meet Nijinsky

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19The Ballad of the Familiar Stranger

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20Tissue Paper Flowers

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21Not Fleeing but Flying

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22The Last Goofs on Earth say Sorry to their Favourite Star

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23The Famous Battle

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24Playground

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25Roundabout

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26Pour Soul

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27Thanks to my Dog in an Hour of Pain

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28Disguise

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29King Lear's Fool Waves Goodbye

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30William Blake says: Every Thing That Lives Is Holy

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