The furrows’ edges like ancient walls
Awaiting their final ruin.
Like tattered umbrellas blown aloft
Caught between soil and sky.
Beech, ash and oak in hedgerows, by headlands,
Twist in the wind’s busy fingers.
Bides its time, brooding, building its strength
Slyly testing its banks.
Raise ramparts and towers beyond the far hills
Ready to settle everything.
Little nature poem on the day the [third in four years] general election campaign gets fully under way. It all feels hopeless, pointless and ultimately doomed; nothing will be properly ‘settled’ by this farrago, but events beyond our control will finally seal our benighted country’s fate. Trying to be optimistic, but it’s hard. N.