Wednesday, 30 March 2016

From, A Country Diary

South Uist (third)

were buried
were once burned
a fire once burned
buried and the place
a fire and fragments mark the place
fragments of wood
mark of charred charred wood

Highland Water

they're dying
they’re living
of the living-dying flowers
limb of the flowers
on a fallen larger limb
on a fallen branchlet
on the larger branchlet
on the branchlet
on the branchlet

Nene Valley

cold evening
a cold fog and fog
a clear night comes
dawn and clear night
and then comes dawn
and a frost
a frost
then a frost

Sunday, 27 March 2016

From, A Country Diary


of sunlight
of light
of light
sunlight that speared a halo
of that speared through
in a halo
through the surrounded
in the hawthorns was surrounded
hawthorns and the hedge was
and highlighted
of the hedge highlighted
the top of the fresh on top fresh green
its perch on green growth
from its perch
growth of goosegrass singing from
of goosegrass
a sparrow singing
 a hedge
hedge sparrow hedge

the sun rose
the grasses, withered grasses
sun rose
the frost
last autumn’s withered
the frost turned to
– among last autumn’s
turned to sparkling
hedge among sparkling water
the hedge water drops
underneath the drops
on catkins underneath
on new hazel catkins
new hawthorn and hazel
hawthorn leaves
leaves and leaves

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

From, A Country Diary

Bodinnick to Polruan

then dark
then a rainbow
from inland a rainbow
dark clouds encroach from inland
clouds and blasts
rain encroach
and blasts of cold
of cold rain
of cold

by cliffs
by scrub
blackthorn scrub
cliffs and in the blackthorn
and steep pastures
sing in the steep pastures
violets, and robins sing
violets speckle coastal path
and robins speckle turf
by the coastal path
turf by the turf
by the turf