Jim McDonald

Rookie (1973 / York)

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Primary School teacher, lives in South London, England. Born in the North.
Influences: Han-Shan, Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Jean Giono.
Hobbies: walking, real ale, birdsong more »

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Moving Wood

Spent an hour in the morning moving a wood-pile
from near the house where they need to lay pipes
to a copse I cleared two years ago
of a mountain of twenty year hawthorn and briar.
It was the remains of a large birch, mossy and lichen-ridden, riddled
with holes and splits.
There was a pleasure in the job as, so early, there was not heat in the wind.
Alone to my thoughts.
The wind was stirring the large leaves of a walnut tree
at once caressing face and filling ears –
sound of distant wood pigeons echoing across the valley.
A few low-flying swallows zip and...

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