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Stone Villages

The stone-built villages of England.
A cathedral bottled in a pub window.
Cows dispersed across fields.
Monuments to kings.

A man in a moth-eaten suit
Sees a train off, heading, like everything here, for the sea,
Smiles at his daughter, leaving for the East.
A whistle blows.

And the endless sky over the tiles
Grows bluer as swelling birdsong fills.
And the clearer the song is heard,
The smaller the bird.


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Poem Stone Villages - Joseph Brodsky