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Words about the beginning

Five poets take an imaginative view of the Christmas story

HER MAKER'S MAKER

Michael Symmons Roberts

 

(ii)

From speed of light, to feet

of clay, wings outstretched

 

to slow him - at first I took

that bird for Gabriel come back,

 

but no. It was a great white stork,

a refugee, sweeping over lakes

 

of wheat and barley. On fertile

slopes it broke from flight

 

to pick a viper from ...

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