It took a lot of patience! Goldcrest


From the gnarly spruce, each bough 

thick with needles of pastel green,

heavy with woody cones 

A tiny tinny sound

In this Sussex churchyard.


we tip-toe

so not to disturb them above our heads

Or those sleeping


Necks craned we glimpse 

hops and flits of tiny shadows.

A second to press,

and catch the image. 

To spot the yellow stripe on a small brown head

As the goldcrest serenades the dead.

october 2020