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There are enough hollow gaping tree trunks with bees and rare beetles
in Abney Park Cemetery
to keep Graham Sutherland and Georgia O'Keeffe going together
in hollow gaping tree trunks
for the many long years it took to age the grave stones, rot the bodies
and weather Sir Isaac Watts on his plinth outside the derelict cruciform
in London yellow-stock with bath-stone facing and octagonal steeple,
    scaffolded now,
beside the single common lime with nineteen separate trunks,
which has significant regenerative powers.

Mary Durkin

PN Review

January / February 2017

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