Greenlane Poetry

All Saints 3pm
Bad Day
Bar des Sports, Charly-sur-Marne
Before and After the Watershed
Call to Witness
Carte Postale
Charlie
Clerk of Works
Dog in the Night
Easter Saturday at Festubert
Fargate
Force Nine
Forge Island
Four Chimneys
Half Empty
Homeward Bound
In Glen Howe Park
In Provence
Incident
Kilner's Bridge
Last Train
Lilac Time
Magpies
Mungy Lane
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North Line
Nurses
Outfield
Painting By Numbers
Patriots
Per Ardua
Pioneers
Release
Rememberings
Routine Visit
Runner
September
Silent Snakes
Spring Training
Start-1
Students in Crookesmoor
The Don at Swinton
The Festive Season
The Runners in the Fields
The Seasons
Treatment Days
Trips to the Seaside
Up Train
Valley Mist
Weston Park
What Love Is
Winthrop Park

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The Runners in the Fields

Green corn yellow corn stubble field fire
heads drip amidst the doubled grass round
fields through which the runners pass
die and are reborn. Through careless spring
outstripping rampant weeds we rose
and gloried in the summer sun
every lane and footpath run
was of our mellowing

In smoky fields the autumn will conceive again
but youth is brief and glories do not last and
you will be forever as today
young men cannot wait away
. Memory which stirs
when on a day again we see the green
when gold spikelets catch the socks
rank round runners grows green grass
yellow grass stubble field fire


for Gary Roche