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Thistles By : Ted Hughes (1930 – 1998)

Thistles  Nature photography By :  Nigel Borrington

Thistles
Nature photography
By : Nigel Borrington

Thistles

By : Ted Hughes
(1930 – 1998)

Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
And crackle open under a blue-black pressure.

Every one a revengeful burst
Of resurrection, a grasphed fistful
Of splintered weapons and Icelandic frost thrust up

Thistles Nature photography Nigel Borrington 2

From the underground stain of a decayed Viking.
They are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects.
Every one manages a plume of blood.

Then they grow grey like men.
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.

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