NIGHT ON A COUNTRY ROAD

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We travelled down this road in northern Scotland late one evening and it was so wreathed in a heavy grey mist that when the road dipped down, we couldn’t even
see the hedgerows. As we moved higher, however, the mist thinned out enough
so that it looked like long folds of silk blowing across the fields. Then the moon appeared and the sky and the road looked just like this.

NIGHT ON A COUNTRY ROAD

There were six angels playing in the sky tonight,
Tossing stars to each other with easy grace,
Their long grey skirts whirling
Over the country road beneath them.

All was still.
All was silent.
All beauty just a memory,

Until steady beams of light
Came shining down the darkness,
Startling the flowers into sudden radiance,
Chasing the twisty grey smokiness
Over the hedgerows,
As the lovely, familiar sound of a tractor
Came rolling through the air.

Then the whisper of grass
As a rabbit tracked through it,
The long, long sigh of an owl’s wings
And the hoarse, sweet sound of the tractor,
Rose up as a prayer.

© 2018 Gwen Grant

   STANLEY PRICE HAS GONE AWAY


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   STANLEY PRICE HAS GONE AWAY

Stanley Price
Played on the street every night,
Built Go-Karts
Out of old pram wheels
And apple boxes
That smelt of sweet apples.

Stanley talked all the time
Of what he was going to do
When he grew up.

His mother hated to hear him,
Knowing Stanley was planning
To go a lot further
Than the old quarry,
Much further than the sandy river,
Certain once he was gone,
He would never open
Her front door again.

And that was the end
Of camphorated rubs for ever.

             © 2020 Gwen Grant

STARTING EARLY

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    STARTING EARLY

Aged One,
She already does so much herself,
Refusing to allow anyone
To make decisions for her.

Until she’s tired,
When she drops
Where she stands.

Adjourning hostilities
Until tomorrow.

                  © 2020 Gwen Grant

  BREAK GLASS – IN CASE OF FIRE

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  BREAK GLASS – IN CASE OF FIRE

The Sun has wrapped itself
Around their hair and lies there,
Waiting,
Watching for anything beautiful
That might come its way.

Their lips look as if they might kiss
Or lightly touch each other,
Silent air quivering between them,
Half-closed and vulnerable eyes
Flickering in the old movie version
Of what might come tomorrow.

But they are careless, breathless,
In this moment’s need,
Now the sun has set a fire
Burning between them.
A glass of wine perhaps needed.

Getting late.  Darkness coming.
The sun shakes itself free
Of all desire and passion.
Brighter flames consuming
These eager Lovers,
Or burning them down
To dust and ashes.

               © 2020 Gwen Grant           

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SONG

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SONG

In this austere and lovely space,
Where the kindly dust
Of close-lived hours falls gently down,
Where memory plays its own cantata
In each one of us,
Song pours out,
Raining down the paved streets and concrete
Of cities,
Drenching the waiting, watchful towns
Until they flower,
Rooting themselves in a torrent of melody.

Living proof that hope can never be extinguished,
That gaiety and gladness will blossom
Over and over again.
                                                      © 2018 Gwen Grant