Poetry- Bob Beagrie

Chiromancy

‘The great Sage as high as Heaven visited here.’
Wu Cheng'en – Journey to the West, 1592

High staggered moorland crossroads
too few trees, the big wide sky
fresh roadkill and opportunist crows
turning turning turning turning,
The Roda Cross by the roadside
scattered offerings in the grass
Hogtenberg’s summit beyond Westerdale
Crouched friars, Rosedale Abbey, Cockayne Ridge
Roundhead recruits resting sore shanks,
tarmac’s scrape and sweep through crimples:
Life line, Fate line, Heart...

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