When by Patrick B. Osada

in Nature/Poetry

This is where the horses stood

like statues in the rain,

their hedgerow in the early spring

saw blackthorn bloom again.


The field edge full of bluebells,

that spot where snake’s head thrive;

across the field the cuckoo called

and swallows swooped for flies.


This meadow, full of buttercups,

where, homeward, heron flew

and kestrel, battered by the wind,

hunted the winter through.


Now, high above, a buzzard wheels

with changes in his eye:

hard-hatted men with cruel machines

soon make the good earth fly…


Bio: Patrick B. Osada is an editor and also writes reviews of poetry for magazines. He recently retired after ten years as part of SOUTH Poetry Magazine’s Management Team and as the Magazine’s Reviews Editor. His first collection, ‘Close to the Edge’ was published in 1996 & won the prestigious ROSEMARY ARTHUR AWARD. He has published six collections, How The Light Gets In was launched in June 2018.

Jude Cowan Montague is an artist and broadcaster. She produces 'The News Agents' for Resonance FM, a weekly show experimenting with international story and the arts. She worked at Reuters Television News for many years as an archivist and this has informed her poetry and some of her art. She's an award winning printmaker and a composer. Her graphic memoir 'Love on the Isle of Dogs' is available from Central Books.

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