after work

after all day
spent in a box
I dip my toes
into the meadow
then dive…
swim through the grass
leap over the bushes
splash back
into ferns and bramble
slow down
drink in the haze
herb robert
evening primrose
alchemilla
willowherb
as insects
buzz their drunken songs
and I am sinking back
sinking
into the wild

summer garden

shade creeps towards me
from the big beech tree
blackbird sings
and sparrows chirp
on gently swinging feeders
in its arching branches
time has slowed in this heat
moving like syrup
as the sun slides slowly
down the slope
of the blue
I could sit here all day
like the cat beside me
lazing in this sticky garden
while bees hum about their business
and the breeze ruffles the trees
but this sun
will burn my pale skin
and fill my head with fluff
so slowly I will slither away
to safety in the shadow

wild

I will dutifully stride
back and forth
gobbling up the grass
and spitting it out
in clumps

I will trim and shape
my hedges
slicing and shearing
making order
from chaos

these are my tokens
my gestures
toward
uniformity

but within my territory
between these green
barricades
this is my meadow
my bliss of nature
verdant immersion
my delight
where all wild things
are welcome