William Barton

William Barton Poems

1. Walking Dreams 5/4/2012
2. March Magic 5/5/2012
3. Memorial 5/5/2012
4. Stream 5/5/2012
5. Willow 5/5/2012
6. Middlewood Way 5/7/2012
7. Digging 5/7/2012
8. Clifford's Tower 5/7/2012
9. Train Passing 5/7/2012
10. Early Autumn 5/7/2012
11. January Day 5/7/2012
12. Winter Field 5/7/2012
13. The Way You Walk 5/7/2012
14. Wind Over Water 5/7/2012
15. If And If Only 5/7/2012
16. Fox In The Grass 5/7/2012
17. Storm Over Holland 5/7/2012
18. Easter Term Report 5/9/2012
19. Paupers Wood 5/7/2012
20. Path From Ragleth Hill 5/9/2012
21. Blue Hills Beckon 5/9/2012
22. By Order 5/10/2012
23. Name Carved On A Tree 5/7/2012
24. I Wandered Lonely As A...Dandelion? 5/9/2012
25. February-Fill-Dike 5/7/2012

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February fills dikes, overflows fields
and streams, turns paths to slippery ooze.
Petulant winds crease the surface of the lake
and agitate the fast flowing river.
Hail and sunshine play follow-my-leader
across a shifting sky where lazy seagulls swing.

Gorse brags bright yellow flowers.
On hawthorn hedgerows, buds swell with red tips
and tight clusters of dark green leaves.
Daffodils force green shoots through layers of leaf mould.
Moss creeps and bark rots on fallen trees.
New stems and shoots glow red in the setting sun.

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Founded in stone and water,
Its tough old bark deeply scored
By disputations of wind and rain.
Gargoyle limbs writhe and twist
From the trunk's immensity.
Over-arching branches
Trail long fingers of foliage,
Like cool, green blessings.
In the stained-glass windows of leaves

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