Tag Archives: Rabbits

To the rabbits of Sandleford Warren

Dog roses sprinkle the green
lean and stretch over chainlink
pleading asylum.
They probably don’t gas rabbits now
but the path to the Downs
is lost these days.
So, this time, when
the houses are built
for real,
will you die
or will the spirit of Fiver
get you all out?

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

The wonderful novel Watership Down starts when Sandleford Warren is cleared to make way for a housing development. Reality is about to follow fiction, as Sandleford is a real place, a landscaped parkland that has reverted to fields. A housing development has outline approval for the site –despite the best efforts of those of us who live close-by. We marched in protest holding high large portraits of Hazel, Fiver and the other heroes of the novel…………………….

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Barrow Wight

Sitting on a barrow at sunset
Lupine thumping evoked a tolkienesque wight
Sending the child me running
Leaping across lumpy turves
Down to the village below

Copyright © 2017 Kim Whysall-Hammond

I’m attending the Science Fiction Worldcon this weekend!  🙂