dusk in the copse is foggy, and after rain there's

mud, so you watch your step as rubber

boots kick life into the mess.

no rainbow

lights the ploughed churning, or stars sputter at such

perfect mire, it harks instead at

mad trenches, branches

dripping onto brambles sharp as barbed wire.

can worms survive this clay or do

gills get jammed as mouths and rifles did, each

wound cauterised by an organic poultice? Its

not mangrove-swamp but

enough to quell sparks, spirit even flame.

that's what was a

fledgeling at my feet, a chocolate soldier now.

back in the warm kitchen, a tap dribbles but

there's no bromide in this mug of tea


◄ Hamburg Tram

Pickled ►


Profile image

jennifer Malden

Sat 8th Aug 2020 15:03

Again well worth reading ,and food for thought, fgiving a new perceptive on glorious and not so glorious mud, now and from the 1st WW , rubber boots kicking life into it, and loved the poor little' chocolate soldier'.


If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message