Poetry Jukebox Request Time -Sarah Westcott @sarahwestcott1

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This Poem Afterlife is by Sarah Westcott. It is part of our Once Barefoot curation about the climate, which is at Belfast City Council’s Tropical Ravine and at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

The marshes have filled themselves

with wetness and bird song

since they were left alone.

The Basran reed warbler breeds

deep in Mesopotamian banks,

the original garden of Eden.

Each dusk, birds with dark eyestripes

flash amber shadows low

over lakes and gleaming mud.

So many species are flourishing,

the African darter, the sacred ibis –

one day women in libraries, flocks of singing girls.


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