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Poem Inspired by Walking This Morning, at The Trundle West Sussex.

A Drop Spindle: Come Cutters (On climbing a hill fort and encountering swifts, on a windy day in early June) We climbed a hill today in sweet June-lightThat wind thrill, silvered grasses, chalk-bright.Below afield, far and broadTown and city spreads, cathedral hoard,Woollen woods and plastic seas,Skylark peals on quickened breeze.The lark ascending, old soul-kindle,Shelley’s muse,… Continue reading Poem Inspired by Walking This Morning, at The Trundle West Sussex.

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Downs: A Natural Heritage (World Poetry Day)

Thursday 21st March 2019 is ‘World Poetry Day’, so here are a few lines inspired by a love for my home county, its landscape, heritage and nature: the Sussex Downs. Downs: A Natural Heritage Bone chalk bruised beneath way-marked graze. The scent of you – woody and thyme filled, blossom haze. Flint nuggets, flat mat… Continue reading Downs: A Natural Heritage (World Poetry Day)

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: A Sweet Utterance

I have finally seen the bullfinches. All summer long I have heard their whistles from the long hedge that runs parallel to one of the glasshouses (of the plant nursery where I work) but they have remained elusive and disembodied. Today a movement in the bushes attracted my attention as I headed out on my… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: A Sweet Utterance

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac

Introduction – the turning year When planning some writing, there is nothing worse than sitting down to start a project, and staring at a blank white page! It can really stifle the creative thought process. Thankfully, today my page is far from blank. My inspiration has travelled forward with me thirteen years, from the days… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac