Title: A Lifetime
Author: Ron Butlin
Allocated postcode: EH11
For twenty-eight years I have been watching these swans
rise into the air;
with their wings they beat the trees and canal bank into pieces
as they lift themselves up.
You say that everything will be restored afterwards,
and it is taking you a lifetime to say this.
As the swans rise into the air I turn to kiss you,
but you are watching how the stone you have thrown
remains in the sky.