Thursday, 22 June 2017

Second, Hours of Spring (Paragraph 1)





it is it
    small singing bird
singing on tree
    the no-tree sound
no-sound voice
    the bird upon tree utters tree
utters meaning of the wind
    the wind voice
voice of grass
    the grass wild and flower wild
words flower of words
    of green the leaf green
they leaf speak
    they speak that through
dew and dew
    rifts and of rifts
sunshine of the sunshine
    dark the hawthorn dark
touched hawthorn with touched breadths
    with breadths open of bud
open the bud
    the air
the air colour
    the colour of daffodil
the daffodil:
    that is that

bough from bough he sings
    he rises
wind rushing over the young grass
    young refulgent grass
fall refulgent the golden rays
    golden rays of sun
the sun a minute only
    minute only clouds

and hedge is hedge dark
    is the dark bloom
the bloom of gorse
    the gorse shut is like a book
a book it is there
    is there
few hours few
    the open meadow
the meadow bare
    is but bare    
the shaped heart celandine
    shaped leaves celandine
will leaves come
    will come
in accustomed place
    gleam sunshine of the sunshine
first the colour
    first of colour
wind among rushes
    them among and them
they bow and bow
    rise and rise
dark the pine dark
    that pine looks that
as now in as summer
    in it summer lifts it and lifts
swings and swings
    arching the trail
bramble of it
    bramble dries and dries
crumbles and crumbles earth
    the sparrow’s hedge
feathers sparrow’s feathers fluttered
    are as fluttered
as sings he sings on bush the bush



[Some more mutated Jeffries. This time, another version of part of his essay Hours of Spring.] 


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The July Grass (paragraph 2)


will live
I will unconscious be
unconscious will be
I will think
not think
will not
I will
grass I a grass
I too
I as if me
as over me pass
over shall pass
flies shall
scarlet-dotted flies
the scarlet-dotted and the turf
and the turf
on here on
sit here will sit
I will nothing
I know nothing
I know which
I of which morning
of this morning
handful this a handful picked
have picked
I the binding of the gold
of the gold
on the settling
on is settling dust
is the dust
book-grass
book-grass
my names
their names
learn any to learn
not decided
not have decided
thinking of and thinking sea
and the sea nears the sward
nears the sward
where here
where grow here
that grow grasses
the grasses of the names
of the names
of the nothing 
knows nothing
fly knows scarlet-dotted fly
the scarlet-dotted day
the day or the night
or the night
first came first
still till backward
still night backward and night
day and every day
years backwards
counting backwards
flowed counting
and flowed
ebbed and have ebbed
that have tides
that the tides
the number in number equal
in years equal
and years
years and live years
could live we could
if we not
if flower not a flower
as sweet as smells sweet
that smells grass
that the grass
of the enough
of never enough
over the hand
over a hand come shadows
sliding shadows and sliding sun
and of sun enough
of never enough
no never enough
no, long enough
still hours long
hundred hours
a hundred were
living and about living
thinking about without thinking
is ebbs
it ebbs
dry quite dry
not quite
does not
it does
why or why
there or is there
sea is the sea
that is all and all
grass and the grass
the sunlight like with sunlight 
and wings about scarlet-spotted wings
this scarlet-spotted
whirls this fly
whirls the fly