Walking out on Easter Lane – poem for dVerse


I think I’m looking for something –
something to stitch me
to the world, the way the birds
stitch the hedge to the sky

I will drink the wingbeat of the swallow

or I’m looking for something
to carry with me
through the day

even today, the sky grubby
low overhead
trapping the sounds

who would have thought there’d be so many wrens?
suck it down, the warning call,
the zip trill song

and the sudden shock
of crows thudding
from the last ash

embla
ask

wood-pigeon fires bullets with its wings
heads out
sweep and glide
across the ploughed field
greening now
sharp spikes of life
in rows and squares and lines
geometry imposed
on the round roll of the land

scent of violet
and the first dog-rose

so sweet
so sweet

I’m stitched in place
slightly skewed

warning thud thud thud
rabbit sentinel
guarding the warren
home

drink that cool and clean

I’m stitched in
with fine running thead

lush green silk

faded string

tie the knot now
hold fast.

Anmol is hosting at dVerse, and he asks us to walk and observe. Take a walk, remember one, imagine one, and make a poem.

12 thoughts on “Walking out on Easter Lane – poem for dVerse

  1. Now, I want to be stitched to the imagery of this verse — it is so elegant how you have pictured it all in its precise moment and movement. This walk is something which provides a tethering to an elemental experience as we go on with our days. Beautifully done!

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  2. I absolutely love this poem-walk, Sarah! I can see the birds stitching the hedge opposite our house to the sky and I would love to drink the wingbeat of the swallow. So much delicious imagery I feel as if I’ve eaten too much chocolate ice cream (my favourite)! More favourite lines are:
    ‘who would have thought there’d be so many wrens?
    suck it down, the warning call,
    the zip trill song’
    and
    ‘sharp spikes of life
    in rows and squares and lines
    geometry imposed
    on the round roll of the land’ –
    this is so familiar – you’ve described the landscape around here!

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