Patience

Mid-life
Late winter
Early morning
Overnight rain
City pavements reflect
city’s ego
in neon ripples
Glimpses of
favourite backstreets
Anticipation of
brighter skies
through train windows
City lights
Cars queuing
Drivers vying angrily
for inches
I am grateful
for basic freedoms:
legs, shoes,
bikes.

Rail bridges
buddleias
cracked masonry
Backs of houses
bathroom lights
silhouettes of trees
Habitation making way
for fields,
hedgerows
isolated cattle
Brute purity
of trodden mud
stone drinking troughs
solemn chewing
damp hooves
breathy clouds
Simplicity

Brightening now
Outbuildings stand
stoically through
decades of neglect
Weathering storms
harbouring mosses
and martins
I borrow their
unstudied patience
for the day ahead

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