Summerhill by Patrick Roycroft

Long listed for the WRITE ABOUT WALKING AND LISTENING competition run in July & August 2021

An ankle sprained 
A mind restricted 
Isolated
Twisted

Up to Summerhill 
Woods
With hounds
And hobble

Grumbling traffic 
Fades
Waterfall 
Whispers

A wash
Of white noise 
Grows
As we climb

Gravel crunch
Deep brook babbles 
Buzzy harmonics
Of bees and flies

What’s on the breeze 
Trusty hounds ? 
Sniffs snorts
Paws pad

Ears flap 
Flick up
To listen to 
What?

A snap 
Of teeth 
A squirrel 
Escapes

Awareness and soreness 
Expand
Each squeaky step
On dewy turf

In the trees 
Wrapped in
Deep Stillness 
Sweet Silence

Pierced by 
Love lives
Of Starlings 
Bright singing

Woodpecker rapping 
Swallows riffing 
Winging back from 
Long journeys

After the forest 
The summit
In sunlight
A ruin with a view

Time to let silence 
Unfurl
Healing the 
Swelling of

Voices 
Whines 
Bullies 
Inside

My beasts 
Up all night 
Give in 
Sigh

We roll
In long grass 
Show
Some belly

Kissing
breezes
Melt
The start of the day

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Patrick lives in the North East of England with or near the fabulous family of Maria, Richard, LucyJames, Kevatina, hounds, hogs, hawks - Howay!

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