Saturday, 27 October 2012


Earliest autumn, light and dark, apples

The Warm and the Cold
Freezing dusk is closing
Like a slow trap of steel
On trees and roads and hills and all
That can no longer feel.
But the carp is in its depth
Like a planet in its heaven.
And the badger in its bedding
Like a loaf in the oven.
And the butterfly in its mummy
Like a viol in its case.
And the owl in its feathers
Like a doll in its lace.

Freezing dusk has tightened
Like a nut screwed tight
On the the starry airoplane
Of the soaring night.
But the trout is in its hole
Like a chuckle in a sleeper.
The hare strays down the highway
Like a root going deeper.
The snail is dry in the outhouse
Like a seed in a sunflower.
The owl is pale on the gatepost
Like a clock on its tower.

Moonlight freezes the shaggy world
Like a mammoth of ice -
The past and future
Are jaws of a steel vice.
But the cod is in the tide-rip
Like a key in a purse.
The deer are on the bare-blown hill
Like smiles on a nurse.
The flies are behind the plaster
Like the lost score of a jig.
Sparrows are in the ivy clump
Like money in a pig.

Such a frost
The flimsy moon
Has lost her wits.

A star falls.

The sweating farmers
Turn in their sleep
Like Oxen on spits.
metrodorus:No. 1273 by Halasi Zsolt on Flickr.

Oh Mr.Hughes, no wonder Sylvia loved you so.
 Every line so vivid, each sentence the first line of a story or the last words of a book...
We are off to split logs as the fire will be hungry today...the first sting of polar air...icily exhilirating...
wrap up everyone a doll in its lace... a chuckle in a sleeper... a key in a purse...


  1. beautiful
    spring is limping in here, cold tonight but 30*C on wednesday
    hope mr boodle is curled up in front of the fire

  2. Yes it does seem to be colder now. It's time for the garden to rest. I need to get knitting I want to knit some socks but have never done them before !
    Sally x

  3. Lovely pictures... And one of my favourite poets. Fell completely for his work when I was 16 and he visited my school!

  4. sublime photos thanks hx

  5. Beautiful photos, evocative words, I love the change of seasons. Wonderful walks, then come home to firelight, candles, blankets, quilts, hearty meals, books, ....

  6. Beautiful photos and lovely words.

  7. Wonderful romantic nostalgic post

  8. I love the line about the badger in its bedding like a loaf in the oven. Well done for finding this great poem. And I love the first image you have chosen.

  9. Autumn has peaked this week and everywhere is looking just gorgeous isn't it? I visited Heponstall last summer where Ted and Sylvia lived - just the sort of place to inspire such writing.

  10. So glad I've stumbled down your lane to find your beautiful and creative blog.
    What is it about autumn that makes turn to poetry? I keep thinking of Kavanagh and Heaney and now I've another poet to read .

  11. What an inspirational poem, one to read over and over again. Keep warm and the fire lit!
    have a great week.

  12. You do write such a wonderful blog, loved each and every line and image in this post. The best part of cooler days and nights is lighting the woodburner. jayne x

  13. What a wonderful poem! What a wonderfully moody post!

    and, yes! I'm here! I've been MIA, again.... but, in reality, hoarding your posts along with my UK Country Living magazines until I found my head and heart again.... hmmm.....

    you know, I'm not joking! =/ =] (I mean, I'm not joking about hoarding your blog posts alongside my precious UK home magazines. I have no clue if I'll ever find my head, again - I'm quite serious about that part!)



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