Category Archives: Poems

Ash Tree Reflections

In an upside down worldI stare at my reflectionand tell youI know about disease.I know about shortage and want.I know what it is like to dread the chainsaw’s roarand wonder if it is coming for me.I know what it is … Continue reading

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Queen of the Heath

She is no straight, tall elegant beautyNo.She writhes and rearsout of earth.A wild unbroken silver marebuckingin the evening sun. Dappled with moss and licheneight limbs ofhoarythick bark,rough to the touch,twisting, turningover each other. Sinking downthen raising upyoung smooth skinned limbstipped … Continue reading

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Today I Am Angry

“How stricken would our luscious landscape be without the lovely Ash” Ali Walters March 2019 Today I am angryToday I can’t understand whyWe aren’t shouting from the roof tops,That with dieback and the borer beetleWE could lose nearly 1 billion … Continue reading

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Prayer for Peace

May fingers poised on triggers pause. May hands push back pins and safety catches. May eyes and ears focussing on targets turn instead, to the cries of hungry frightened children. In a heartbeat may all weapons be laid down and … Continue reading

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World Environment Day 2017

A brief ditty on why brambles matter for #30DaysWild (day 5) and World Environment Day. If all around is doom & gloom let a bramble blossom & bloom. A single skipper may then alight to ease the heart & bring … Continue reading

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New Forest

New Forest Old forest Bending in the breeze forest   Heath, heather, bracken. gorse River bubbling from its source. Oak, holly, birch, beech. Creeks and rustles of woodland speech Deer gazing, ponies grazing. Birds singing, spirits raising. Dappled sunlight, sudden … Continue reading

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The Last Days of Maes Howe

The rain hasn’t stopped for whole seasons crops don’t grow, the animals are sick. All are hungry and cold. There are squabbles and fights. The news goes round it’s agreed. The cairns must be closed up But what of those freshly dead? … Continue reading

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A Summer Visitor to Skara Brae

A Summer Visitor to Skara Brae Come in, come in out of the wind. Warm your self by the fire. Now tell us your news. We’ve fresh crab or wild boar let me sprinkle it with green herbs. Taste our … Continue reading

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Free To Air

Some spirits are born free to air, They thrill, enchant spread so much love, That when they pass to other adventures, Our hearts are ripped apart. But their essence lingers, Their influence lasts, Like the memory of a summer’s morning … Continue reading

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