Dawn by Numbers (For Christopher and Marisa North)
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.
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.