42 Walks – the fourth week

Tuesday 14th April

07:16 - 08:00, wind SW 2 gusting 3, temp 0C (feels like 0)
In the absence of the Prime Minister his deputies are judged wanting 
                           to and From the south haven
                        a frost glAzes car windscreens
               two song thrushes lIsten pick and hop
                      woodpigeon fLies from a car roof
          moving in a dog-walker hIatus
              a small blue and oraNge male
a lady a black lab and a yellow baG deliver papers
        a neat allotment has a porTico
            crossing the road in lOckdown rush hour
               great tit song bounDs above the path
                     my first willOw warbler sings
                  flowers grow in Two wheelbarrows
             perhaps the thrushes Have been arriving
                         the climbEr lines the side gutter
                                  Jaded garage doors
                         an overgrOwn alleyway
           the green distribution Boxes hum

Wednesday 15th April

06:45 - 07:27, wind W 3 gusting 4, temp 6C (feels like 3)
Some on low incomes are having to choose whether to eat or not
a figure of eight through the North
     a hedge sprouts green thrOugh old copper
                         a useFul mirror trapped in a skip
        a camelia’s pink is brOwned by frost
          pavement trees are tOo low
                 boxes for birDs and bats
                    blackbird Flutes as sparrows chirp
            a pond by an abandOned bowling green
                peeling door fRame uncut grass
      ferns grow from the mortAr
                   of a house Wall
           a pope picture in tHe car’s back window
                          narrOw pavement …
                         on beLle vue
                   gulls circlE calling
    an alley of windows on garDens
                        the trAffic pulse on the high street
                     a friendlY wave from a jaguar

Thursday 16th April

04:50 - 05:35, wind NNW 1 gusting 3, temp 4C (feels like 4)
There is a dawning realisation of the somehow unanticipated carnage 
being wreaked in care homes
            along and down to sOuth haven
                  walking in naUtical twilight
                  wagons noise Their way along the road
                  blackbird melOdy in full flow
                            rooFtop silhouettes sing and sing
              the darkness feedS the dawn with song
                   beyond the lIne of houses a metro trundles
a thrush dimly lands on the verGe
         distant lights of seetHing traffic
                         words Through an open window
                            blaCkbird wren and great tit
  as if by some common consent A quieting falls
                   the late choRus of the woodpigeons
                 birds ghost thEir way across the grass
                              sHapes swoop
                  and drift thrOugh the gathering dawn
                    a crescent Moon rises in the south
                             wrEns zip
            below circling gullS

Friday 17th April

07:08 - 07:52, wind E 2 gusting 4, temp 7C (feels like 6)
The increased risks of domestic and child abuse during lockdown 
are highlighted 
                 to the mouth of The northeast haven
one semi-skimmed one full cream tHree organic
                        the lurchEr is again in the dene
                 I walk right up To a song thrush
                 a volunteer papeRboy works along the road
       no parking garage in constAnt use thank you
             a second chiffchaff Pulses song
                      from surteeS to brandling
                     the trundle Of a cornering metro
    a blackcap or garden warbler Flutes
              singing from deep eLdercover
               a sandstone tombstOne weathered through
                          a gull Cries above the haven
a potential woodland glade is choKed with ivy
  a truck ignores the flashing reD warning
  house of a high sheriff and a lOrd lieutenant’s deputy
                      a sparrowhaWk spars with a mobbing crow
                            a runNer passes by

Saturday 18th April

11:16 - 12:01, wind ENE 3 gusting 5, temp 8C (feels like 6)
Healthcare workers in some trusts are told they may have to work with
out adequate personal protective equipment 
                                   a Walk to the south-south-east
                    pause at the top Of the south haven
           weave past a quasi-legal gRouping
                                  worKing down to the point
              sparrows cheep to the rUmbling metro
                             step amoNgst graves as a car drives by
                        feathers lie Plucked among norwegian graves
                    pass through the Resonance of the gatehouse
the allotment-edge sweet scent drift Of horse manure
                warmth in the lee of The hedge
               the pink quorum shuttlE shuttles no one
                       long lines sliCed into the turf
                             pass by The memory of an early swallow
                          there are hEns at the bottom of the garden
                apple blossom on the Drive

Sunday 19th April

08:04 - 08:51, wind ENE 1 gusting 1, temp 7C (feels like 7)
There is debate of the UK Government’s lack of preparedness and 
focus in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic 
   to the northwest peninsulA
           moving through a Stilled quietude
           a dove stands outLined on the roof hip
             cross from shadE to sun
the rise and fall of woodpigEon’s display
 the noise of a blue jaguar Passes by
footfall contained within roAdside walls
                    a prioriTy shopper’s slow homeward tread
        a runner veers left To pass by
                     on nortHfield an araucaria and a door slam
     centuries of stone-carvEd words
                     a narroW alley and a blind bend
                    a soft wHistle descends high in a tree
          a bedlington terriEr yaps us past its garden
 the gull-laugh swings in thE sky above
         a patch of campion Lifts the roadside

Monday 20th April

06:40 - 07:25, wind NE 2 gusting 4, temp 5C (feels like 3)
There is continuing debate of the UK Government’s lack of 
preparedness and focus in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic 
      to the south haven’s Bank and the mid-east
    cherry trees froth whitE and pink
             a mistle thrusH runs listens runs
             a japanese delIcacy in a hedgerow flower
                 jay-walk iN the early traffic’s rush
                       sounDs pulse and wave over me
                   through The small gate
        cane frames await tHe beans
   blackcap’s fluting mumblE spars with traffic’s tarmac rush
                      a lurCher palatinate
                   rounded Up by a basset hound
seek shelter down by the stReam
                      an inVisible magpie calls and crow flies
                  a woodpigEon flies in amorous pursuit