Robert D. Sutherland
 

 

 

Author • Illustrator •
Publisher • Semiotician

 

 

 

  ON THE SPOIL HEAPS
  [for Dorothea]

  tink . . . tink . . . tink
  the hammerblows
  flake ironstone chips
  till the fissure splits
  halves fall away
  and after darkness
  three hundred million years,
  sunlight falls
  on perfect fronds of fern.

 

© Robert D. Sutherland, 1976
(published in Applecart #1 (1979), 23 and in This Awkward Mud (READ ILLINOIS, 1964). p. 11

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