Friday, September 28, 2018

Sheila Jacob writes

England in October

After two hours or more
the sun’s still setting
over Cotswold stone,
light flaring
between roadside trees.


Dark glasses aren’t enough,
we motor half blind
under the split skin
of autumn
spilling its harvest

onto cold headlamps,
staining the windscreen
with gold maize,
purple brambles,
pink rose-hips,

blushed apple-fall
pulping back
into the roundness
of a faraway star
close as our breath.

He grips the wheel
while I fold up the map,
blink at winking
cats-eyes; I must 
have missed the sign,

the one urging care
when approaching
England in October,
the year beating fast
and ripe with enchantment.
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Cottswold Stone Cottage UK -- Ivan Freeth

1 comment:

  1. The Cotswolds are an area in south central England that contains the Cotswild Hills. It is defined by the bedrock that creates a type of grassland habitat that is unusual in the UK.
    Cotswold stone is a yellow oolitic (egg stone) Jurassic limestone, rich in fossilized sea urchins and other fossils. When weathered, the color of buildings made or faced with this stone is often described as honey or golden. The name is derived from the 12th-century Codesuualt (Cod's high open land, "Cod" being an Old English personal name).


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