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Dawn by Numbers (For Christopher and Marisa North)

John Godfrey

 

Always at about four a wind comes,
riffles the jalousies, testing
our resolve to sleep on.
When church clocks chime at five and six,
the cock across the valley answers
with a few tentative crows.
At seven, the farthest mountains
which, last night, gathered round at dusk,
step back again; by now the rooster's
crowing steadily, convinced
that only by his exertions can the sun
he's just hauled over the horizon
be hoisted higher still.

 

Acknowledgements:

This is from John Godfrey's 2011 collection 'The Man on Crewe Station' Rockingham Press ISBN 978-1-904851-40-0 John visited the Almassera Vella in 2004.

 

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