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Offa's Land - completed

Monday, 3 April 2017 12:47:28

Signed off...ready now for the next challenge. Something completely different, I think.


Offa’s land, the country of the Marches

Is rich in hillside, field and tree,

The landscape stitched together quietly

By lines of hedgerows and the odd stretch

Of wooden fence, and hemmed by ditch and track.

Over the next rise, this garment’s torn:

The fabric’s lost its sheen, is all worn

Out - punctured by agricultural sheds and shacks.

But beyond, there on the hillside just above,

A stand of leafless trees rescues the scene:

Leafless but by no means lifeless. Though green

Shoots are some way off, there’s love

Of life regrouping here, ready to show

Itself as soon as Spring says, ‘OK, Green for Go!’

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