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Nicholas Battey: April Light


April Light

I’ve let the world of people go
in favour of growing
spring evenings,
what all the buds know,
the jonquils and the willow,
the prattling birds,
water chasing water to river,
fold of showers.
What sage said April is the cruellest month,
the year’s promise
in its tall shadows?
Let the world of people go.




About Author

Nicholas Battey is retired and lives and gardens in West Devon. He was previously Professor of Plant Development at the University of Reading where he wrote research papers, co-edited and contributed to the popular science books 30 Second Biology and 30 Second Evolution, and co-wrote the textbook Biological Diversity: Exploiters and Exploited. He self-published a collection of his poems in 2020 and his music can be found on his website.

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