Poetry

The Hedge King

Four farthings will bury him

Grey Hen With A Pen
Apr 14 · 1 min read
Four Farthings by Anne Saddler aka Grey Hen With A Pen

The Hedge King

In the graveyard
He darts, he flits
With rushing wings.
Busy, energetic, quick.
A bird of guile and cunning,
Bringer of bad luck.
Territorial —
Noisily betraying saints
With angry chatter.
When Wren Day comes
Paraded as a traitor,
On decorated poles.
Four farthings will bury him.

Still he calls,
Powerful, resonating,
Two notes at a time.
Whistling up a mate
To share his unlined nest.
Or a winter pipe to join him —
To roost, huddle, keep warm,
Heads inwards
And forage under snow.
Perky tailed, and russet
Troglodytes, troglodytes
King among birds
Zaun-König

What then of the other Wren
Who lies beneath a rustic stone?
Once sweet-faced, pink cheeked,
Strong limbed, and
As cheeky as the tiny bird.
Now she’s naught but dust and bone.
We hide decay too hard to bear
A fathom deep,
We must not see the thing we fear.
Not Rinn…nor Uren…
But, ‘Little Wren, Beloved child’.
I sit, and watch the hedge king,
And wonder how you died

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Anne Saddler lives in Cornwall. She is a writer, blogger, and poet. Anne is a qualified lecturer and former Adult Education Tutor.

The Hen’s Teeth

Poetry, Short Stories, Commentary, Essays, Reviews & more

Grey Hen With A Pen

Written by

Anne Saddler lives in Cornwall. She is a writer, blogger, and poet. Anne is a qualified lecturer and former Adult Education Tutor.

The Hen’s Teeth

Poetry, Short Stories, Commentary, Essays, Reviews & more

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