9th May 19
and in the shop…
“The Where and When”,
“Cleethorpes Comes to Paris”,
“Take Five 03”
“Miracle and Clockwork”
“The Nottingham Collection”
Five Leaves Press;
“Both Sides of Hadrian’s Wall”
Where the Gelt gathers here on broken fell,
forgotten except by those who maunder
along tracks of mines and hillsides pocked
with waste heaps, I come among
wild cattle whose gaze you’d best avoid,
the startled snipe and startling grouse.
No chance of dramatic view, tasteful panorama:
just the fellsides shifting colour as you watch,
catch breath, run on. You might though
be amazed by kingfishers’ embroidered seam
along the wooded gill, or harrier’s doomed flight.
Yet all the time the Gelt is swelling, drawing
mists, storms, dew, and even sweat through turf and bog,
sieving age and aspiration as it sees fit.