Cuckoo

Ragged heaped lines

Fill the air with the sweetest scent 

Of distress from blades

Cut by blades

Where the mower returned

To make hay from nests

Of groundling lapwings and larks

As the cuckoo too

Profits when the Sun shines

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n.b. The sweet call of the cuckoo masks the cruel practise the species has in using the nests of other birds to incubate and hatch its eggs. The cuckoo hatchlings are then nurtured at the expense of the host birds’ own young. Similarly, the sweet smell of cut grass, laid out to make hay in early summer, also takes place at the cost of several birds’ nests and young.

CLP 18th May 2020

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