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1 Sep, 2023


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Longlisted for the Write about Walking A/way competition 2023

Cool despite the morning dew, crisp and verdant, the blade is crushed beneath the tread of a
careless soul, already onto their next step. Their imprint forever embedding ridges and veins,
as a slayer moves onto annihilate others with just as little care, or compassion for those
mangled beneath careless toes.

New emblems forever change the trajectory of the crunchy swords, their life course now
indelibly altered. Never to grow the same way again – forever stunted, their strength buckled
beneath the weighty gait of unconcerned quashes by leavers who never stay to recognise the
wreckage they leave behind.

The earth is nurturing, welcoming their mangled forms back home. If anyone cared to listen,
the snap of each blade could be heard like her resolve beneath each pace, as he who bent her
every which way with his walk, dismissively trod away from her once voluminous growth,
and the magnificent wonder of her fresh, green stalks.

APA style reference

Sharlette, E. (2023). Contours. walk · listen · create.

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lonning, lonnin

Cumbrian dialect term for ‘lane’ – but a quite specific lane. Lonnings are usually about half a mile long, low level and often with a farm at the end. Many have specific names known only to the local villagers. Hence, Bluebottle Lonning, Lovers Lonning, Fat Lonning, Thin Lonning, Squeezy Gut Lonning or Dynamite Lonning. In the north-east the spelling is lonnin and seems to refer more to an alley than a country lane. The Scottish equivalent is ‘loan’.

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