gaping peat place

                                              ungreened, faint-scented

           over-lapping, crusted

                                  edge over


                       drips down

when land trips you up,

            pulls you in, to fall, so




listen         where

                           wind, water     are pulling reeds downstream

              catching water back

    over rim, counter to   

                                                  still to see

                         pappus                           swallow                     fly

                                                                    wind- water line




Harriet Tarlo


Dean Clough valley between Pennine Way and Blackpool Bridge 15 Aug 2012. Two texts for the wall, part of the Tributaries Collaboration, Black Hill, 2011-2013 in collaboration with drawings by Judith Tucker.