On the Field

Man versus Nature

Blades of steel v. blades of grass

Cricket’s the winner

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n.b. The smell of cut grass releases various plant chemicals into the air. They signal the start of the English cricket season, even though there are weeks to the first coin toss and the first delivery.

In the picture above the light green patch of grass is the hallowed turf of a cricket square.

CLP 14/03/2019

First Light (i)

In the end of night

Sun leathered magnolia leaves

Resound to beats of rain

Set grass blades to shivery dance

Cracked soil swells, fills, closes quenched

Droplets pool in hollows

Shimmering sheets cover all

Border foliage floats

On the rising flood.

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Earthworms

Souls from the very depths

Swollen, pale pink, choked

Join the engorged slugs

Adrift.

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Hungry

Blackbirds wake

Throw yellow beaks open

To herald the dawn

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CLP  01/11/2018