Along the Verge

The Rev. John Fairbrother

30 August 2017


No surrender, holding the line of retreat and advance,
countless blades wave in sullied draft declaring
nature’s vulnerable defiance, bending
(springing as a warrior might respond)
to force of threat overwhelming life.
These simple leaves - complexity’s prophets, or surplus
fodder - defend space between fence and seal,
overlooked, dismissed in hurried expediency
to an economy’s greater cause.