As we weren’t able to meet at St Nicks today I took myself on a little urban walk to think about the creative writing tasks and to interact with the natural world. I tried to persuade my ‘Cat-shund’ to join me but she was too busy snuggling on the sofa to be bothered! So instead I took my flask and found a lovely bench to record these observations:
Observations from a city bench The crows are unsettled Calling to each other from the guttering Stretching coal wings over slate pan-tiles. A wagtail skips through the air crossing the street The last yellow sunflowers turn weary heads Towards a weakening sun I hear the scrape of a rake on a path And the jingle and shake of a collar As a dog is released to run free The low hum of traffic is shushed By the rattling of the last brittle leaves Clinging hopelessly to bare branches. I leave tracks in the mud Where wood pigeons scattered, eyeing me curiously A luminous tennis ball skims the grass, dog running, panting. City gulls scavenge They have exchanged a sea of blue for a field of green Their sharp cries pierce the air.
I also walked around the city allotments, observing the contrast of green spaces amongst houses. Here are the pictures from my walk. The most surprising thing I found were Passion flowers in full bloom - totally stunning!
Hope you had some lovely interactions with nature too!
See you next week,