Alice Oswald

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

Griffin Poetry Prize 2017
International Winner

Book: Falling Awake

Poet: Alice Oswald

Publisher: Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company

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Alice Oswald reads A Short Story of Falling

A Short Story of Falling

It is the story of the falling rain
to turn into a leaf and fall again

it is the secret of a summer shower
to steal the light and hide it in a flower

and every flower a tiny tributary
that from the ground flows green and momentary

is one of water’s wishes and this tale
hangs in a seed-head smaller than my thumbnail

if only I a passerby could pass
as clear as water through a plume of grass

to find the sunlight hidden at the tip
turning to seed a kind of lifting rain drip

then I might know like water how to balance
the weight of hope against the light of patience

water which is so raw so earthy-strong
and lurks in cast-iron tanks and leaks along

drawn under gravity towards my tongue
to cool and fill the pipe-work of this song

which is the story of the falling rain
that rises to the light and falls again

From Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Copyright © Alice Oswald 2016