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Offa' Land

Thursday, 9 February 2017 12:13:39

This is a bit of a cheat as I have already completed the poem - but I kept notes as I was going along to try and give an idea of the process.  It's based on driving through the countryside of Shropshire and Hereford.  Starting:

Offa’s land, the landscape of the Marches

Is rich in field, hedgerow and tree

The panorama stitched together hurriedly


…….. lines of ……………………and the odd patch

And hemmed in by ditch and lane

I like the image of stitching the countryside together with hedges. Though it’s probably not original, I haven’t knowingly taken it from some other poem – or prose, for that matter.

Hemmed continues the idea.   

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