Thursday, 16 September 2010

Saturday 11 September 2010: Solitude in the Wood

The Way Through the Woods
by Rudyard Kipling

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate.
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse's feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods?.
But there is no road through the woods.

This is a quick shot of the way into my woods... A wood filled with the 'sound of skirts swishing in the dew, cantering through misty solitudes', hushed whispers never quite heard, a portal to another time and place ... even if only in my imagination...

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