I have been writing about this townland For fifty years, watching on their hummock Autumn lady’s tresses come and go and, After a decade underground, return In hundreds. I have counted the whoopers And the jackdaws over Morrison’s barn. Too close on the duach to tractor tracks The ringed plover’s nest has kept me awake, And the otter that drowned in an eel-trap. Salvaging snail shells and magpie feathers For fear of leaving particulars out, I make little space for philosophizing. I walk ever more slowly to gate and stile. Poetry is shrinking almost to its bones.