David Morley’s ‘You Were Broken’


‘the watch-turning of tree-creepers;
of blights of summer lightning,

of fire damage and that dark
year’s mark worn secretly,
a ring, forged inside a ring;
then the winter’s coronation closing
in a swaying crown of redwings,
cones, drab diagonals of pine-fall’

Broadside copy of David Morley‘s ‘You Were Broken (for Les Murray)’, originally published in his The Invisible Kings (Carcanet, 2007). Morley has also worked with bark inscriptions and texts chiselled onto wood or trees, and writes in Enchantment (2010): ‘All the years, heights and postures are present. / Our tree rings are school bells that peal for December. / We are waiting for a Christmas that will never come.’


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