Under the Jacarandas by Clive James

Under the Jacarandas by Clive James appears in today’s edition of The Guardian

Under the jacarandas

Clive James

The pigeons and the gulls
Pick at the fallen purple
That inundates the grass
For two weeks in October.

Although the splash of colour
Should seem absurdly lush,
Soon you get used to it.
You think life is like that,
But a clock is ticking.

The pigeons and the gulls
Don’t even know how good
They look, set off like this.
They get it while it’s there.
Keep watching and you’ll learn.

Angels over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 by Clive James, published by Picador (£14.99). ).

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