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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Spring Training

In the garlic woods the air
Is cooler but the flies
Are easier to catch in smarting eyes
And on the lane the weight of heat so stalls the day that
Warring blackbirds lurk amongst the may

Two silent strollers are
Cocooned in noonday heat,
Part briefly at the trash of grass, re-meet
Remoter people, hedges rare with guelder rose
Water meadows where the cress still grows

Pause at a stile to watch
The still-green barley chase uphill
Pursued by rising breeze and race
Down cornfield paths where streets and new estates commence
With reek of creosote on garden fence