Gerard Rochford projects himself into the mind and world of J S Bach, who had a large family by his second wife Anna Magdalena while creating weekly inspired cantatas for his Leipzig church. The poem comes from Rochford's new collection, Morning Crossword, with atmospheric illustrations by Esther Green (Malfranteaux Concepts, £10).
DIARY OF A GOD
The winter was mild.
Fewer deaths mean fewer funerals
and my income fades.
Spring however promises commissions: