Holly Hagg

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Pen devoid of poems
adventure long overdue
living room carpet
growing long in the tooth
I’m pining for movement
so keen to get out
I’ll go walking down
to Holly Hagg

Little glimpses at normality
haloed by golden rays
There’s no poison 
in the idle river
no politics
in the quiet horse
cantering to 
another chew

The clouds of working day
part while I’m out walking
bathed in nature’s endless beauty
which never disappears
only ever obscured by thought 
or perspective
Eased back into focus
on the road 
to Holly Hagg

With every step I take
the tension unspools
And there are words, waiting
ideas that come to me
pinned to ancient fenceposts
nestled in the cracks between the stones
making up the wall
that keeps me on the road
to Holly Hagg

The walk becomes a gallop
blood pumping in my chest
body loose enough
for every step to be a dance
I am light and free
as I close the distance
on my prized poetry
and the generous view expands 
beyond Holly Hagg...

 

[2020]

happinesshikinginspirationlockdownSheffieldwalkingwritingYorkshire

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Tom

Tue 11th Aug 2020 11:51

Thank you Ray! Mow Cop is great name too 😃 Some places demand a poem purely thanks to their name and I'm glad to give Holly Hagg its small moment. I'm really pleased you enjoyed this one.

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raypool

Mon 10th Aug 2020 22:25

Genuinely inspiring and heartwarming - with such a human touch. The title alone deserves a commendation. A real pleasure in the reading.

I am reminded of my brother who lived in a place called Mow Cop in Staffordshire, a hellish steep hill with a plateau atop near Congleton.

Ray

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Tom

Sun 9th Aug 2020 16:03

Thank you so much Keith, Jennifer, Stephen, Jordyn, Vautaw, Abdul and Julie for the likes. Very kind of you 😃

Jennifer; yes escaping my small apartment has been essential this year and the walks around the outskirts of sunny Sheffield have saved my brain. I hope you've manage to get out and about?

Stephen; so pleased you should say that. I wondered if this might be too personal and specific to my experience to mean anything to anyone else, so thank you!

Julie; thank you too. I'm lucky to live somewhere with so many great views. The fact that every single step I take in this city is either up or downhill is completely worth it for the views alone. Let alone the exercise.

Cheers all 😃

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julie callaghan

Sun 9th Aug 2020 09:07

Like every good walk, worth the effort to get to the appreciate a view. I enjoyed this walk with you.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 8th Aug 2020 18:09

Wonderful. Proves that the local is universal.

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jennifer Malden

Fri 7th Aug 2020 23:23

Really great description of the pleasure of walking in the country, the releasing of tension after being cooped up. Like the name Holly Hagg.

Jennifer

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Tom

Fri 7th Aug 2020 22:52

Thanks Keith, that's really great to hear.

Holly Hagg is a place, a farm actually, about 10 minutes from my house in Sheffield. Halfway down (or up) a big hill that I've been walking daily on ever expanding hikes. I never quite realised just how close I am to the countryside and so many great walks. Lockdown has opened my eyes not only to the beauty of my city but also to the genuine high (and creative inspiration) you get from exercise. This poem is a little note of thanks to that discovery.

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keith jeffries

Fri 7th Aug 2020 17:36

Tom,

One of those remarkable poems which took me with you to Holly Hagg. Incidentally where is this place?

Keith

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