[ai] ye* [ɪ] in* [ʌ/ ʊ] foot* [ɒ] on* [i:] she* [əʊ] glowed* [e/ eə:] when*

[ɑ:] sharp* [ei] shape* [ɜː] word* [ʊə/ u/ u:] moon* [au] outhouse* [æ] lamp*

[ɔː/ ɔɪ ] floor*


Bye-Child

He was discovered in the henhouse
Where she had con
fined him. He was
incapable of saying anything.


When the lamp glowed,
A yolk of light

In their back window,
The
child in the outhouse
Put his eye to a chink


Little henhouse boy,
Sharp-faced as new moon
Re
membered, your photo still
Glimpsed
like a rodent

On the floor of my mind,


Little moon man,

Kennelled and faithful

At the foot of the yard,

Your frail shape, luminous,
Weightless is stirring the dust,


The cobwebs, old droppings
Under the roosts

And dry smells from scraps
She put through your trapdoor
Morning and evening.


After those footsteps silence;
Vigils, solitudes, fasts

Unchristened tears,

A puzzled love of the light.
But now you speak at last


With a remote mime

Of something beyond patience,
Your gaping wordless proof
Of lunar distances

Travelled beyond love.