Moor Voices
 
suddenly out of rain
reaching inscribed boundaries
turn around

and go back again!

or skirting the edge
find a way through
where ragged sheep startle in our path
 
memories of spectral legionaries
marching on the roman road
near crookstone barn's
limed-up sheepfold
 
provisional mapping
moorland contours
 
admonitory finger of
cement works tower
smoking
over
grey ditch
bradwell's
submerged frontier
 
land
            stone
race
parish
 
archaeological epiphanies
 
in the shadow of a knoll
a king was hanged
from a tree in a garden
 
corrupt
 
no saviour
from rebels
heretics
developers
dissenters
redtape surveyors
warlords in their wargear
the magi wesleys in their gowns
urgent characters
wrecked steadings
in & out of woods
hirsute timber in piles
labourers in shit in fields
trapped in slurry vats
gulping excrement
mam tor to shatton edge
barbed stiles
electrified hedgerow
scrawled warnings
the anxious delineation of space
turn around and go back

 
visitors pause at
adventure centres
farm shops
eggs for sale

mushrooms
cagoules
accents
herd
 
threats of
desperate genealogy
heritage &
chestnut rusticity
 
at hope
we drink
buy postcards
move on / knowing
the bus will be on time / thinking
as we cross back into the next county
what is the collective noun for people

 

     Tom Chivers 2006