Rookworms

Clouds of oily birds

Floated down from the pine clump

Shadowed the low field

~

Cows and calves bemused

At pasture blackened with crows

Jackdaws and bleak rooks

~

Settled frozen still

Hundreds came and stood alert

For movement of soil

~

The gloomy flock stirred

Disturbed by wind-blown phantom

Hung on breaths of wind

~

Returned as a shroud

For emergent May Bug grubs

From rain-soaked soil

~

CLP 04/07/2020

Fractionally Better Off

I am not nothing

I am one eighth that became a seventh

I am one sixth and one quarter of two thirds

I am one half that begat a quarter, then grew to an eighth

I am one seventeen-thousand-eight-hundred-and-fourth1

I am one sixty-six-million-eight-hundred-and-ninety-thousandth2

I am one five-hundred-and-eight-millionth3

I am one seven-point-eight-billionth4

I am one with you

~

Notes:

1 Portsmouth FC average home attendance 2019/20 season

UK population 66.886 million (2020 estimate) 

EU total population was estimated in 2015 as 508 million

4 Estimated global population in March was 2020 7.8 billion

~

CLP  07/07/2020