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Wilderness Seat

Wilderness Seat

The seat where we once sat together, contemplating an expansive future,
Is now bare-bones cold in a winter landscape that fades into mist.
The half-remembered hot summers lie buried under the leaves of autumn.
Yet, in this Wilderness, the shoots of a new Spring are already pushing through.

© 2017 Peter Young

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Sheffield Park

On a visit to Sussex, I came across more stunning autumn colours at the National Trust property of Sheffield Park.

Sheffield Park Middle LakeThe view from the Cascade looking along Middle Lake.

Sheffield Park Swamp CyprusRAA group of three Swamp Cypresses contrast with the reds and oranges of the Acers and Nyssas.

Sheffield Park Nyssa A magnificent Nyssa.

Sheffield Park Montezuma PineA close-up of one of the Montezuma Pines which are grown at Sheffield Park.

Sheffield Park Red Acers Pampas GrassPampas Grass seen between the dark red leaves of an Acer at the edge of the Middle Lake.

© 2016 Peter Young

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The Geese are Flying

Geese 1Autumn geese flying

Geese 2V-formation overhead

Geese 3Past the Chinese Bridge.

© 2016 Peter Young

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The Old Track

Hidcote TrackAutumn sunlight shines through the early morning mist on the track that leads uphill from the National Trust carpark at Hidcote.
© 2016 Peter Young

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The Meeting

DogsIt was in the park that we met.
Autumn had coloured up our feelings of fellowship,
and our respective memories stretched out on retractable leads,
both faithful dogs, sniffing each other’s bottoms,
searching for recognition and significance.
Their leads became entangled
as coincidences floated down from the trees,
shedding the dry brown, enthusiastic red,
and precious gold from life’s storehouse.
Our histories began to play with the rough and tumble of coincidence,
and to ease our wondering we each threw a ball
as far as possible into that green future,
and let our dogs scamper through the carpet of possibilities.

© 2015 Peter Young

(Another 100-word exercise set by the Creative Writing group.)

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