Poem introduction

'Paradise' is about something that really happened to me. I saw a fight between a sparrowhawk, or a kestrel, and a smaller songbird in the sky, and a spot of blood did fall down and it fell on to my hand. And I also saw a storm, I experienced a storm, as it came over the Bristol channel, into Porthcawl, and I looked at it coming, and I took refuge.

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