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Offline 510bhan

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Where I Go Walking the Dog
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:58:43 AM »
Where I Go Walking the Dog

Rain-high or dry-low in one way,
gin-clear, freshwater flow
beneath the weir, a timbrel fall
masks noise from the traffic stream
between town and country
where back and forth circulation
travels arterial routes .

On a mound risen in the river,
rock and pebble-fringed,
an angler stands, teasing trout,
casting his line, soundless.   He nods.
I smile. We share a rural hello
a silent ‘what about ye’
spoken through the eyes.
My dog wags its tail

sniffs weeds, chews grass, snuffles
through the undergrowth
and rustles fallen  leaves.
He cocks a leg and squirts
another important communique.

Off-lead, Stumpy investigates
sheep, horses, rabbits and frogs,
en route – sproings tussocks,
bounds puddles, looks baffled
but happy, zig-zags his trail
and covers twice the distance I walk.


We follow the light-dappled path
upstream, past a goat and a white horse,
the field of cows below the big house
where colonnades of broadleaved trees
complement coppiced beech hedgerows.
Alongside, tangled blackberry brambles,
white flowered wild garlic,
candled horse-chestnuts
and rotting tree trunks with fungus outcrops
refute a tamed wilderness.

And so, for half an hour we stroll the Braid
him excited, me at peace, elated,
invigorated and faith restored
in nature, if not humanity.



Offline A.W.M

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Re: Where I Go Walking the Dog
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2012, 09:41:27 AM »
Liked this.  Seems I have taken that walk with my own four legged friend before.   :)
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They never dare to try.

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Offline Tom 10

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Re: Where I Go Walking the Dog
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2012, 04:15:27 PM »
Three thumbs up!

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Re: Where I Go Walking the Dog
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2012, 04:25:44 PM »
 ;D Are they your opposable thumbs Tracy. :D :o

Thanks guys. ;)

Offline heidi52

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Re: Where I Go Walking the Dog
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2012, 08:36:09 AM »
Very nice, enjoyed the read, felt I was there.  ;D

Offline Dylan di Vilde

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Re: Where I Go Walking the Dog
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 03:27:37 AM »
Like this.

I can smell the countryside.

(or maybe it's just me)
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