William Barton Poems

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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.

Name Carved On A Tree

This is the tree where you carved your name
at the junction of three woodland pathways,
hoping to be part of its long living.

The Way You Walk

Setting out in the morning,
Under a bright winter sky,
Sunshine filters through bare branches,
casting rich pools of golden light.

Wind Over Water

ind over water,
stream over stone.

Trees are shivering
in gusty cornfields
- green over liquid gold.

If And If Only

'If' is a word
I often choose;
A golden key
I often use.

Fox In The Grass

In the cool of the evening
a fox lies here in the long grass
under the blossoming apple trees.
He keeps guard as the stars

Storm Over Holland

From the east, grey clouds
Scout the sky, occupy the horizon.
Chillingly, efficiently,
Barrages of hail and rain

Easter Term Report

Spring, this term,
Is quite up to the standard required by the Board,
Notwithstanding occasional periods of non-attendance.
Has been awarded a pass in the following: -

Path From Ragleth Hill

In gathering mist, the path leads down
from grassy hill-top, sure-footed
through maze of bracken trails, confidently
skirting hidden rocks and slippery streams;

Blue Hills Beckon

Through the gate
And over the stile
Curlews calling,
Lapwings tumble.

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