Unguided – Ian Huckson

I am waiting with the damp-feathered birds

Ian has had poems published in magazines – ‘The Dawntreader’, ‘Sarasvati’, ‘Poetry Space’.
A gardener, living in Cumbria, now semi-retired he has of late, at last, found time to write more poetry and is keen and excited to contribute to this purposeful Voices project.


Another bout of soft September showers merge under
a cloud-roof smudge, sky and earth seamed together
at the (only) near horizon, I can’t see any further.

The summer annealed fells now concealed beyond 
these sheep-stripped fields, the splashing stream 
and the yellowing leaves of mist-dripping ash trees.

I am waiting with the damp-feathered birds 
(the moulting old, the young) through autumn days 
when the intrepid go unguided, and the courageous stay.

Today, more than ever, I’m unsure if I am to stay again 
or am I yet to prepare to leave, when will I know more 
of what life still requires of me? I can’t see any further.

Ian Huckson

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