Freewheeling through icy downhill drizzle
Rivulets run left then right
A slow hill climb through banks of ramsons
to a ridgeway of hedges reclining to within an inch of their lives
Down again to brown water high and rushing
then up to sanctuary within the walls.
Sharp citrine cushions of Euphorbia
and Arisaema erecting canopies over grey freckled stems
A low carpet of green rises with fading chocolate hellebores and pinpoint periwinkle
Dark arms of jagged apples pucker lipstick buds in to life
And black capped jackdaws strutt and gather
bouncing ‘Tchack Tchack’
As a low fish pond meadow swells below
If sleep were to come here
I would turn my back
As the sun of tomorrow
Lies on it’s side and closes it’s eyes
To light shadow faces
Tracing sunken trunks and moss covered fissures
In this forest of the night.
Where the depths of the canopy drown decades of decayed wood
And we walk in the darkness, towards the light.
This forest of the night we must pass through
This surround of light
Drenched in darkness.
Sleep green in the forest
We’ll wake with the same sun
And take leave this evening
Wherever we’ve dreamed
With soft sinking steps
Friction froze slopes move to equilibrium
My shoes in litho-mineral liquid
I would happily sink in to it’s cold embrace
but I must select the stones
uniform and roundish, flat with an edge to grip
and throw down from the sloping tide peak
My fleeting contact
A rolling surge overtopped by a smooth constant rush of moon drawn peaks
Drawing clinker from the breathing beach
In hot luxury lie palatial plazas
And football pitch pools
Placing garden cut vistas
through the forest.
The forest of deer and martens
Now fenced in by traffic or death
Traffic that lives through the rain and the smell of freshly cut corn
Wet and dusty evaporating
in the sun like a grill iron
glowing with the wind.
take the rain away and sweet sounding Melun surprises
with high rise and low flow.
The wheat is still ripening
While everlasting sweet peas still
spill down the railway embankment
The sun still warms
through breaks in the cloud
While my father waits
On a cold shelf
To be transformed
Taking some of this world with him
Power assisted doors enclose
And envelope musty sweet artichoke aromas.
Damp jurassic greens climb titanic stems
like trees, under glass
A slow prehistoric blanket
of mountaineering moss floods fibre haired stems
Ringed and ridged
To protect from giant tortoise teeth
Weak black tea
Brown and bronze
Flood dry debris mounded
Flitted and perched by yellow wagtail
Fledgelings and wrens
It balances me
The one sided weight that carries me
A curvaceous case with waist contained
Taught with strings and horsehair
Pads and powder in secret pockets
and velvet black vibrations like memories held in amber
A black box of perfect proportion
Closed not opened
A disc of dawn from my eastern eye
I stand before
The grey front at dusk
On rarely seen plain ivy vein
Dark scattered steps of green weave down
To the sleeping screen of dark water.
Brambles scramble over ancient ditches
and the fox tracks under forgotten fences
wend dry dens under long dead elder,
leaning and cracking with the weight of others.
Who knows here?
Not the screeching parakeet fleet
Not the siren bumbling through crowded cars
nor the silent roar of the London bound.
The little oak river runs rapid beyond the bank of flint and earth
Shrouding in dusk,
Receding from versimilltude