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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


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


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