The Shepherd's Calendar - February

[Detail from Carry Akroyd’s wonderful linocut illustrating February, from “The Shepherd’s Calendar 2007” published by Carcanet Publications]

A Thaw

Odd hive bees fancying winter oer
And dreaming in their combs of spring
Creeps on the slab beside their door
And strokes its legs upon its wing
While wild ones half asleep are humming
Round snowdrop bells a feeble note
And pigions coo of summer coming
Picking their feathers on the cote

Hens leave their roosts wi cackling calls
To see the barn door free from snow
And cocks flye up the mossy walls
To clap their spangld wings and crow


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