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FACE UP
Lying on the grass, face up
to the warm sun bristling
with a touch of the North
wind : Good Friday

on Jesus Green, in Cambridge,
where dons were burnt in
the 1500s,

            St. Matthew's
Passion, rising and falling

with the wind, from a radio
somewhere behind us. Poor
St. Matthew, I sighed, to be
dependant on the wind.

She smiled, He's done all right
without it, and murmured something
about colleges and wind,
about words and innocency.
JOHN ELSBERG
from
Headland #6

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