Change of Light

Frost hollows and fog-ponds,
bracken islands now copper-coined
and that scent of muck and alcohols,
the quiet urgency of blackbirds, wrens,
fresh humus being worked by quick
orange mites, springtails, protrurans,
eating, eating,
before the yellow of an approaching shower;
the slow hurry
of wild clematis on hawthorn,
of each blackberry ripening to it’s own flavour,
this long sleepwalk now,
the earth heavier, the air lighter.

First published in Scintilla,
Volume 18, Spring 2015