From one back window, piano practice:
repeated attacks on a trap of chords
soprano arpeggios, intricate as hopscotch.
The dauntless human musical endeavour!
It's touch and go, too, in the animal kingdom,
where a tortoise tilts and bumps itself down
like removal men managing
a large, dusty but once-loved
piece of farmhouse bedroom furniture,
and a bee gang carries out a spot raid
on the deep, deep-purple flowers
of a shaken sage-bush.