where you stabled your plough horses.
You are that silence between sounds we rarely note.
Did you grunt in these ditches,
dragging out weeds from sucking mud?
We changed what you thought might last
past your time of horses and scythes
- they crumbled, there is neither bone nor rust left -
we sliced off one river bank,
weeds dance in your ditches;
a motorway storms through your High Field.
There are still apple trees, chestnuts, a few primroses.
We carry you in our blood into the fog..
Published in The Blue Guitar (Salmon Poetry 2011), You've Been Great (Smith/Doorstop 2008) and Ropes (2000)