Saturday, 20 February 2010


an outlook
an outlet
your body don’t dilly dally
does what you tell

marbles on the way to school
for a long way flick it through
play for each others’ cowboys and indians
late at night
in the fields around farms
make dens of
long-seeming summers
in the 1940s

the first
thing is
to keep
little things adding
to a bigger step

on the fringe of farmed fields
bounded by the Mersey
we’d walk over the iron bridge
time working horses
the river a-flooded with ducks and geese
it’s all we had
kids walking the road home
was better frittered

what’s so good about sitting down?
if you’re going
for a walk
get your shoes and

Cherry Tree 2009

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