John Glenday

 

Triolet Beginning with a Line by W S Merwin

 

Tell me what you see vanishing:

sparrow, lemur, corncrake, whale –

 

and I’ll tell you who you are becoming.

Tell me what you see vanishing – 

 

all those lives mislaid all those voices that fell

silent when none of us were looking.

 

Tell me what you see vanishing 

sparrow, lemur, corncrake, whale?