The blackbirds come
to tell me you are gone.
Elected by the earth to bring
this valedictory song
I had not known, ‘til now
was meant for you.
And I will listen long
beyond the dusk to dawn
until the blackbirds sing
that it is I, who’s gone.


This was written for the Poetry Society’s celebration of the centenary of ‘Adelstop’.

Listen to The blackbirds come.