Poetry Scarecrow by Gerard Rochford

Poetry Scarecrow by Gerard Rochford

Poetry. Today, enjoy the poem Scarecrow by Gerard Rochford and you will know how much music can hide these verses.

Poetry Scarecrow by Gerard Rochford

Poetry Scarecrow by Gerard Rochford


The gesture is surrender

or supplication – hardly a threat.


You’d need imagination to be frightened

which birds, I suspect, don’t have.


Stuck in the ground, slightly tipsy,

an absurd fusty hat, the single, peg, leg.


And who respects a man in borrowed clothes?

A sense of the ridiculous prevails,

like a traffic cop on the moors.


Twitched by the wind into life,

this, once planted, seems neglected,

a sandwich man with his day of reckoning.


Crow’s Christ stands alone,

more scared than scary.


And yet, in the darkness, it looks wrong and sinister,

a midnight lollipop-man waiting for children.


Some grim part of the soul is caught in effigies,

the menace of a mask never fails.


So, I concede, terror lurks through the land

in this flapping jacket, with these outstretched arms.

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Gerard Rochford was born in England, lived in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Scotland His recent collections include: Figures of Stone. Koo Press. Aberdeen. 2009. Failing Light, a handcrafted limited edition from 2010. Of Love and Water, a limited edition, Koo Press/Malfranteaux Concepts. Aberdeen. 2011. A collaboration with David Ladmore an artist from Victoria, B.C. Canada. Anthologies include: Erotica. Ascent Aspirations.Canada. 2008 and Silver. Polygon. U.K. 2009. His poem My Father's Hand was included in Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2006 for the Scottish Poetry Library, selected by Janice Galloway. He is the Makar (Laureate) for to which he contributes a poem every month.

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