The wind in the dark

I go to my room for an afternoon nap,

leave the curtains open

to watch the last of the day.


Thirty minutes later the lights

of the stone cottages are on. 

The wind along Longframlington's 


ridge is blowing hard, which 

gives me comfort, wrapped in warmth

inside, even when it howls a little. 


Sometimes it's a sea battle, 

guns thundering. A mile or two

outside the village, upon the hills,  


lie the borderlands, ruins of an inn,

a haunted highway. Last night

on the way to the pub we saw 


Jupiter shining brightly,

right next to the Moon. 




◄ Watching England with Carol Ann Duffy

The Man Who Saved A World ►


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Greg Freeman

Sat 31st Dec 2022 19:03

Many thanks for your kind comments, Ray, Uilleam, Steve, and Hélène. And for the Likes, Nigel, Frederick, Chris and Holden. A very happy new year to you all.

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Sat 31st Dec 2022 17:21

Beautiful!! So vivid I felt I was there.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 31st Dec 2022 14:30

A very evocative poem, Greg. The (relatively new) moon in conjunction with a planet or star is a wonderful sight.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sat 31st Dec 2022 10:02

Oh gorgeous Northumberland, with that beautiful coast.

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Sat 31st Dec 2022 08:41

Full of romantic undertones, it's easy to build a picture and sense the passion behind your move Greg. Up north feels almost as far away as Jupiter itself! Enjoy your new year together....


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Greg Freeman

Sat 31st Dec 2022 06:33

Thanks, Graham ... and a happy new year to you, and all at Write Out Loud. Living up here is changing the kind of poetry I write, at least at the moment.

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Graham Sherwood

Sat 31st Dec 2022 00:13

It’s beautiful up that way Greg, lucky fellow.
Jupiter was really showing off wasn’t it. I need an app to help me recognise the planets these days.

Lovely evocative piece. I see you’ve also got dolphins up there now!
Happy New Year


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