The Cambridge Bard for 2016-17 (and the first Bard of Cambridge) was Marion Leeper, a local storyteller and poet. Find out more about her work outside of being Bard here: http://www.marionleeperstoryteller.co.uk/.
Dawn Chorus, Midsummer
On the old TV aerial, the blackbird
keeps a weather eye out
for soft-edged clouds reflecting
the colours of today; listens
to the distant cawing of rooks,
the wren bragging in the apple tree,
a grating chi-chi-chi in answer from the oak’s thick foliage,
and beyond, to the horizons of our ears, the symphony
of triumph for the day to come.
Then takes the stage, proud soloist,
showing in trills and scales and easy cadences
what’s in his heart,
before stepping back into that chorus
of a million voices stretching to the world’s end.
This is the job of the bard.