Exmoor walk

Exmoor walk

Struggling to negotiate the downslope
Heading for the water in  its gorge
In the vain hope of finding good treading
And the avoidance of the long horned cattle
That so trouble my son

Past a tumbled ruin, stones  in the ankle twisting bracken
To where the water foams over shallow falls
Then spreads like treacle over luminous depths
There is walking here, trapped between the water
And a surprisingly intact dry stone wall

A path eventually appears and  takes us up again
Across the brow of the great wide hill
Where slow worms and snakes bask on the path edge
Down to a wider valley, stream, thorn trees,  more ruins
Where sheep and wild ponies graze

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond



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