Saturday, 12 September 2015

Hedge Life






Overnight the spiders had washed their webs and hung them out to dry on the hedge.

I imagine spiders with pegs, with silk aprons and peg pockets and curlers in their hair.
While the webs blow on the line they brew pots of coffee and settle at a table with a piece of bluebottle toast.

But the butterflies! They seem drunk on life, bumping in-out of leaves, slurring their flight, waving their bright wings. Have they been dancing all night? Are their shoes all worn through?

They will knock over the spiders’ best china, barging about like that.

The spiders seem stoic about it.
Life is a gamble, they say, and thumb through their cookbooks.




Monday, 7 September 2015

The Nights Draw In




Some garden crops lie ready for reap. The rocket (arugula) though flowering still, is falling back. Seed pods turn to parchment, holding bumps of ink. Pumpkin leaves smother the beet, they over-reach - abundant bullies. Some of our tomatoes have been picnicked by mice. Seeds dropped hither and thither: they are not tidy, these mice.
Autumn starts with renewed purpose.
Fruition is the beginning not the end.
On goes the pan, to boil up jam, ketchups, chutney.

Some nights curl in, as a coverlet.
Not this night, this early September eve; this uncovers, supersedes.
We lose the illusory day and are left breathless.
Facing darkness we are reached by pins of starlight. Distance in galactic scales: still they reach us.
We are moth-like, small parcels of heart and instinct.
It is the winter’s cold strike that readies the seed.
The pull of the stars that wakes us.