A rustle in the grasses
murmuration in the reeds
wind puff and shaking pendulums -
swing spider, swing -
grasshopper chirr from distant sunny bank
and smell of new-mown hay.
Laughter, soft voices in the willow,
otter splash and water swirl
hole sequestered home of vole
and swallow chatter
dappled sunlight and slow dim waters
moving 'neath a canopy of sinuous green.
Sallow leaves are shaking
voices in the withy,
leaf voices - boy voices
mutter, still then silent
save for wind puff
murmuration in the grasses and rustling in the reeds.