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Update: Poems 2011-2012

Dennis O'Driscoll
Publisher
Anvil Press Poetry
Price
£9.95
ISBN
9780856464591



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THE ROCKS

The rocks are determined to
spend each second well. They
calculate on a geologic scale the
time they can still

reckon on, and have no expectation of
escaping the sun's blowout, predicted in a
mere five billion years.

Stoically, they hold their nerve, adapt
calmly to their limited prospects, expand
or contract as each season's heat or cold
demands.

Intent on making the best
of things, they treat each day
as though it were the last, use
their time enjoyably while they may.

They will be dust long enough.