Over the green edge

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Come away, then,
come with me,
over the green hedge
into the mystery –

there are beaches there
of shimmering pearls,
gathered each day
by smoke-eyed girls

and a woman who’ll
weave you a golden gown
of graveyard lichen
and thistledown;

there’s a castle built
of sunset clouds,
where the music is fast,
and sweet, and loud,

and you can dance there
all night, all day,
’til you dance your
childhood dreams away –

there are market stalls
selling bags of stars,
and berries that taste
like chocolate bars,

and horses as blue
as distant mist
who’ll ride you away
for a silver kiss

and you won’t come back
the same as you are,
for the world is big,
and the sky is far –

so come away now,
come with me,
over the green edge
into infinity.

I’m hosting at dVerse tonight, and I’m showcasing the art of Mary Frances. This poem is written for one of her tiny, found landscapes. You can see more on Twitter at @maryfrancesness, and the dVerse post will give you more links to see more of her wonderful work.

14 thoughts on “Over the green edge

  1. Your first “edge” is a “hedge” ; love me some typos.This is a grand poem about a Dreamland, where joy trumps despair. I think we all need to vacation there.

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  2. I like the shift from ‘green hedge’ to ‘green edge’ and all the in-between, Sarah! A magical poem for a magical image. I especially love the ‘golden gown of graveyard lichen and thistledown’ and the idea that:
    ‘you won’t come back
    the same as you are,
    for the world is big,
    and the sky is far’.
    Thank you so much for this prompt, Sarah!

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      • Thank you, Sarah. I’m still feeling sad but after a long, drawn-out illness with too much suffering, I understand that my father-in-law is at peace now. I’m keeping myself busy with the library this morning and then the infant school after lunch. Writing helps. Mary Frances’ work is so beautifully other-worldly. I love the ones with muted colours and delicate lines.

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