the gaze

over there
a breeze
a gentle drum
a line of trees
are calling where we danced entwined forever
counting stars between the leaves
where dew on strings
breathes now the music
pale pearls of mist beneath our feet
forever softly whispering
sweet empties to the beat

Gill McGrath© today
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admiring the view by window with my muse early morning april end


in garden. clipped. wrapped. silent

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The castle on the hill
Stands like a fortress now
High sloping roof
For the snow
The howling winds
The silence~

Surrounded by hard paths
All swept
Clean of summer
Now nothing moves
Step altered

Grass paths
Worn anew leaf specked
Lead silent
Towards the empty space
Where a new sown meadow waits uncut
Full of clover clumps
Buttercup and daisy roots
Where seed of poppy on new earth
Traces the shape
Of the old shed

Now gone

Green box
Clipped like soldiers
Stand motionless in wind
Sentries snipped
In control~

While rain lashes
The silly sprawling fig
Still shooting buds
In the hope of finding Spring again

The beech hedge
By the door
Reduced recently
By a noisy chain
Stands silent too~
Leaves tight in hold
Still there
The view


See the starry hedge
By the creaking fence
Still breathing
Wind whipped
Holding onto
Summer’s song
While leaves astir
In gentle hold
Hide a secret~
In her leafy hollow
Underneath her gentle boughs~
Where they can see
The mists the moon
Play hide and seek ~
Her secret womb
The nesting place
Abandoned now
By flying things
And summer’s stars ~

It’s where you’ll hear her
When she weeps
In autumn rain
~Still spangling from last summer’s sun
Still waiting

Gill McGrath© ~ November 9~ written October 5


‘Take your boots’ she said …

Take your boots
…. and walk where
the shadows define the step downhill
which show the way to
the winding river
take a quick glance back
towards  the top of the ridge
(and wave to me)
before you walk
with care
by the water’s edge….
[ GM© June 17]
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Gill McGrath© June 17 2015

(words are more or less what Great Granny said)
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