Walking the wide, grassy ride that inclines so disconcertingly slowly up May Hill,
Mushrooms tightened their plate-sized parasols against the mist.
Fruits in abundance hardened themselves on to branches:
Leafless crab-apples, damsons, red rowans, black bramble-berries
And uncultivated chestnuts which spike out green armour.
Under the tall fir-copsed brow lay a docile herd of Belted Galloways,
Their marbled meat spread about in a Turkish bath of a fog.
Coal-black, their fluffy white belts resemble steam-room towels.
Water pearls weave their way through laced spiderless webs
No view today of any one of the twelve counties.
Still and silent.
Straining, I can hear echoes of bird twitters chorused by traffic.
And see dried, feathered grasses twitching nervously.
Everything seems to wait, wait.
Wait for what?
Something, is in the air.
Something, is about to change.
Southampton Old Lady wrote this on September 3rd, 2014