August 13, 2017 at 05:12AM on Facebook

Simon Armitage on hedge-trimming shears:
“The shears were a crude beast, lumpen, prewar,
rolling-pin handles on Viking swords,
an oiled rivet that rolled like a slow eye,
jaws that opened to the tips of its wings
then closed with an executioner’s lisp.”

Poetry Daily: Privet, by Simon Armitage