‘Birdtime’ By Eveline Pye

birds in tree

Photo by Viktor Talashuk



a flock of sparrows rustles
amber leaves
under a December tree


they startle    fly up
perch on bare branches
make November


a greenfinch adds
one last pointed leaf
for October



Eveline Pye has an international reputation for mathematical and scientific poetry. She was mentored by Liz Lochhead under the Clydebuilt scheme. Her collection, Smoke That Thunders, was published by Mariscat Press (2015) and, from it, the poem Mosi-Oa-Tunya was chosen for the 20 Best Scottish Poems of that Year.

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