By Sue Cornell
We venture onto half known pavements.
Our legs carry us,
our feet accelerate and brake
on unfamiliar territory several streets from home.
Approaching fellow travellers
we nod, smile apology and
cross the empty road.
Above us the same sky stretches wider, but
we have grown smaller.
We reach a gate, open with sleeved hands and enter
a pocket of wilderness
between bungalow and motorway.
Insects hover over nettle and buds of cow parsley.
Beneath us clay, baked and rutted.
We choose a stony track and are
blessed by trembling boughs of May blossom.
A break in the hedgerow and we see
a serpent asleep in a patch of sunlight.
We stand amazed.
On the bridge
the cars below us
echo in a void.
An avenue of ancient trees transcends us,
unconscious of our respect.
At the stream we turn
onto a grassy path
scent of wild garlic,
bold dandelions nodding.
Magpies swagger and scold and
a robin regards us with bright cold eyes.
Bars of sunlight send
leaf shadows to dance
we find that we have grown.
Inspiration: I was inspired by a walk, when restrictions were tightest, to a wonderful local open space previously undiscovered despite being close to home. I feel very fortunate to live among so many amazing natural environments which influence my writing and my wellbeing.
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