A walk round Contención Island Day 24 Saturday November 28th

Saturday November 28th, 10:03 – 10:09

77.1o to 90.0o

Wind NW 1 (gusting 2), T 1C (feels like 0C), 50% cloud cover

Two mallards scoot out
from the laurel     stop      and preen
looking over a bridge

Water frozen in the butt
frost crisps the grass
and whitens winter stalks

Synchronized clatter
of sticks       sword dancers or perhaps
a martial art

 

 

 

A walk round Contención Island Day 23 Friday November 27th

Friday November 27th, 07:25 – 07:41

51.4o to 62.3o

Wind SW 1 (gusting 2), T 2C (feels like 2C), 75% cloud cover

The blackbird watches
as I approach       then flies
lost into the dawn

The jackdaw mob hangs
at the dark end of the street
crotchet dots on ariels

Crossing the dene where
blackcap sang to chiffchaff’s call
memories of May

 

A walk round Contención Island Day 21 Wednesday November 25th

Wednesday November 25th, 09:24 – 09:36

38.6o to 51.4o

Wind W 2 (gusting 4), T 7C (feels like 7C), 37% cloud cover

Pressed by hard and loud
on churchyard grass my pace slows
I breath more slowly

I follow a desire path
round the churchyard edge
metros trundle past

Blackbirds abound
foraging in the ivy
the back of the churchyard

Two war graves
I hadn’t noticed before
sandstone rather than marble

 

 

A walk round Contención Island Day 18 Sunday November 22nd

Sunday November 22nd, 08:20 – 08:31

167.1o to 180.0o

Wind WSW 3 (gusting 5), T 4C (feels like 0C), 0% cloud cover

Quiet flocks of gulls
dot the boating lake waiting for
bread to arrive

To the clonk-chime of the gatepost
three blackbirds chase
round the brewery yard

A gasp chat gasp chat gasp
heralds the two jogger’s approach
five crows watch

 

A walk round Contención Island Day 16 Friday November 20th

Friday November 20th, 13:34 – 13:47

154.3o to 167.1o

Wind S 3 (gusting 4), T 8C (feels like 6C), 75% cloud cover

The grass heads still stand
summer tall while dressed in
autumn sand-fawn browns

The crows hop-jump-flap
low along the grass
chasing the man with the bread

A robin from the hedge
drops to the lawn
picks up a worm and is gone

The starling cloud spreads
tightens balls spreads splits joins drifts
down onto the grass