Circle Tree

After the rain the
circle tree curled
its branches deep in the wood
Caught out attention as we passed
as to kindred spirits it should

And we paused and admired
and pondered and thought
and wondered at its design
Each giving a wink and a look that we knew
that this was ineffably fine

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Photo – Circle Tree, Fordingbridge, New Forest, Hampshire, UK – Jempics

Wandering

Dappled sunlight
through the leaves
dances underneath
the trees

And with its movement
so do I
slowly as I
wander by

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Photo – from Jemverse on instagram, May 2018 – Jempics

I wonder what’s down there?

I wonder what’s down there, I thought
when wandering through the woods
The pathway looked mysterious
so I went there as I could
It took me to the undergrowth
the canopy complete
And showed me the dark forest
damp sod beneath my feet

A fragrance met me in the air
one of wood and more
Its headiness, it pleased me
so I clapped a loud encore
And the path led me to something
in the Sussex forest there
But then swore me to secrecy
which alas I cannot share!

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Morning sunlight

Morning sunshine
streaming through
at the start
of this day new
Forest quiet
this time of day
footfall light
I tread my way
The heady scent
of loam and tree
hits my senses
moving me
In this hour
this quieting time
I am at peace
and all is fine
And one with nature
as its guest
I am content
at its behest

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Geocaching

With the temperature feeling more like
early summer in the sun
We went geocaching in the forest
All seven having fun
Following co-ordinates
we found clues along the way
whilst pausing for some photographs
on this fine October day

Some were hidden in the undergrowth
and some beneath the trees
Some we had to dig for
down on hands and knees
We had the forest to ourselves
although we did once meet a deer
who seemed a little flustered
that some humans were quite near

He didn’t hang about too long
disappearing in a flash
Leaving us to finish off
our first fun geocache
Then, riddle solved and codeword found
with laughter in our eyes
We headed back to all enjoy
some chocolates as our prize

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Roadtrip II

We’re off to the New Forest
for a long weekend of fun
Seven of us together
in the cool October sun
We’ve hired a big log cabin
In the woods at Sandy Balls
packing lots of warmer clothes
in case the winter calls

It’ll be just like a swan song
and a prelude to a tear
Before our son goes to Australia
where he’ll be at least a year
But that’s not for a while just yet
so as this road trip starts
We’ll be frolicking in the forest
fun and laughter in our hearts

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Houses for Eeyore

Down the hill from Butser
in the bright sunshine
to the ancient woodland there
heading for a climb
A forest that has been here
for a millennia at least
providing a dark canopy
atop a visual feast

Hiding palaces for Romans
beneath its leafy green
and occasional downland glimpses
through the trees and in between
There were houses there for Eeyores
as sunbeams filtered through
And in amongst the birdsong
we heard our first cuckoo

The trail led on and upward
as we left the trees behind
Heading down to Harting
Copper Beeches there to find
A respite from our walking day
at the bottom of the hill
A recharging of the batteries
as there’s lots more walking still

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For more coverage of our South Downs Way walk, check out ‘Fifty Miles‘, Old Winchester Hill‘, Big Sky‘, ‘Into Sussex’ and ‘The yellow road

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