And to Robbie Burns as well.
While jogging home from my run today,
I saw some brambles on the way,
And blackberries shining in the sun,
Dark, ripe and ready.
Five I picked, then I dropped one,
And took another, from much higher,
Then saw I had destroyed your web,
Stretched craftily across the briar.
When I have gone, then out you’ll come,
From beneath your watching bramble leaf,
And see the mess that’s made of your well-spun trap,
By a clumsy-handed blackberry thief.
A few hours’ work, and skilled work too,
None of your mindless labouring,
But a marvel of filigree,
All gone. All gone.
Today no flies, mosquitoes, midges or moths
Or gnats on the table for tea!
I rage and rave when my work is lost
In some computer fault of mine,
Or when passed over and ignored,
But you’ll just check the damage done.
You won’t think back
On the web you spun,
And on all the hours of toil it cost.
So calmly you’ll repair your work,
While I munch blackberries down the lane,
And little by little, strand by strand,
You’ll quietly spin it back again.