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Fern – by Ted Hughes
Here is the fern’s frond, unfurling a gesture,
Like a conductor whose music will now be pause
And the one note of silence
To which the whole earth dances gravely.
The mouse’s ear unfurls its trust,
The spider takes up her bequest,
And the retina
Reins the creation with a bridle of water.
And, among them, the fern
Dances gravely, like the plume
Of a warrior returning, under the low hills,
Into his own kingdom.
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