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POETRY IN THE PLAGUE YEAR

Poems written during the Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

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Phil Wood

Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Phil Wood was born in Wales. He has worked in Education, Shipping, and a biscuit factor. His work can be found in various publications, most recently in Ink Sweat and Tears.

Poem written 28th April 2020

A dentist has time to tidy the garden

Today she will clip roses of mottled leaves,
gravel the wetted thyme, mulch the dentata.
Much has rotted in rain. The neighbour lets
his garden roam, the fronds of fern thrive in
a shady, boggy corner, and threaten
a wilderness with breeze blown spores. He says
that many a dinosaur survived on these rogues.
His time is spent mending the dry stone wall:
the hearting, tightly packed, to fill the gaps;
and capstones keeping the face-stone down
- so like a line of ragged teeth she tells him.