The Owl and the Marmalade

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The Owl and the Marmalade

Kingfisher by SashaQ
I am outside on a Sunday morning,

Before breakfast

To gather wood

For the fire

From the shed.

A thick October mist

Has brought a deep,

Ancient silence and peace

To our little garden.

The owl breaks cover

From the old Yew Tree

With a muffled thud.

Down the lane,

On the corner by the farm,

I know that

The charcoal dark branches

On the dead tree

On the corner,

By the turn to the farm,

Are reaching through the mist

Into the sky.

In this timeless enveloping,

I imagine that

The mist lies across the whole country

Across a bronze age land,

Of track and tor,

From here in the lee of

The Black Mountains

To the ocean in the West,

That mist lies across

The Barrow,

The Beach woods

The old oaks

On the brow of the hill,

Across the otter by the River Wye,

Sleek and brown on the riverbank.

The mist mutes the blue of the kingfisher,

As she flits above

The fast flowing water, just

Where it runs smoothest

Over the big stones

In endless streams of green, liquid silk.

And I shall go inside

Have butter from the farm,

Marmalade, thick cut, bitter and dark,

And sit in front of the orange and red

Of the morning fire

And enjoy the familiar scent

Of wood smoke,

And we shall be toasty.
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