spring by Andrew McMillan



how long has the man been walking

when he passes me and why


the single scaffold pole

what purpose could there be in such


singularity and what is

this weather fresh wind in the blossom


and the arctic front come down

from the north meaning two types of snow


what have we let happen to the world

what is this heaviness we didn’t


realise we felt until we found

the strength to set it down


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Andrew McMillan is the author of three poetry collections, published by Jonathan Cape. He lives in Manchester