Sunday, 8 February 2015

WOLF wind

Under a sky, bruised and bloodied by the sun and cloud,
     there is a wolf wind that lurks and prowls through the wood;
     cruel... sly... and wicked.

The sheep don't seem to notice it, full of new-life - not yet born.
     Nor the bishop hare, as still as star light, eyeing me
     with the eyes of a prophet, from the long grassed verge
     that rolls its way to Oxhill.

Fractured puddles, spread like splintered flint shards
     the dust-hard track-ways that ring to the heel of a boot
     while down at the corner of Peacock Lane the wolf wind
     crouches, ready to pounce...

There's a grey light that blows from Nineveh, ocean cold
     and heavy; and trees, black stencilled, hag-haired and
     made arthritic by the seasons' turn, clutch and claw at the
     wild and restless sky.

Down by Banbury Road the rooks cling piratical
     to the bucking schooner of their branches,
     their sea legs steady, tending the new-life of their own
     and winging the fangs of the sly wolf wind.


  1. "There's a grey light that blows"

    Suddenly the "harmony - light" of your dream translates my dreams.
    Because your blog gives life to my thoughts.

    Thank you.
    Yannis Politopoulos

    1. Thank you Yannis - it is funny how odd words and lines by strangers can intersect so powerfully with one's world.

  2. So glad you are back. Your writing is captivating, as always.

    1. Thank you Mandy. It is always lovely to hear from you

  3. wow..what a wonderful imagery are like Shelley, Wordsworth and all those great poets....I get the feeling of the sneaky, prowling wind and a shiver runs down my spine, i get goosebumps too......there is a gothic feel too have painted a beautiful picture...

    1. Wow! That's pretty exalted company, I am not sure that I would do them much justice!!
      Yes, the gothic feel was deliberate. I enjoyed layering them over familiar places. Not too far away there is a huge gothic arch folly (a Victorian fashion for building ruins for their visual quality). At this time of year it stands proud on a hill beside the skeletal feathered limbs of elms. It looks brooding and dark, but somehow very welcoming too. It sets the scene nicely for the darker tones of late winter afternoons!


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