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Ian Sowton

Ian Sowton

For Ian Sowton at 90

    For Ian Sowton at 90

    Some saints were farmers
    like Serenus the gardener who shares your day, dear Ian.
    They ploughed the land like billy-o
    scattering the seed where fall it will
    and harvesting the growth, if any,
    in due season, tares and all.

    And some moved kings and potentates,
    and prelates too, as did bird-preaching Frances,
    pushing Sultans, Popes, and a priest or two
    to grant his brothers space; their kingdoms peace;
    their people just a crêche or two
    to see the mystery unfold.

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