it's you that's got to keep the clocks running
the winds from winding down
the sun in its corner just behind the moon.
change places everyone you'll call out
just before the salmon tinted dawn
and you know you're the one to do it.
how late the courtiers sleep
but you don't falter
never earning your keep
because really they don't pay you
except in shepherd pies
the occasional apricot compote.
what is the life beyond the trees
the seas and the seas of the trees
so green is this April
and you would like to know
but you are the keeper of the snows.
mary angela douglas 14 april 2017