Trees of burnished copper and gold,
smoky purple canopies
and twiggy red limbs
Line the A30 heading east.
The “Welcome Home” copse on the hill,
stands guard on entry to Cornwall.
But I am going the other way
No time to stop for a photo today.
Flocks of Starlings rising like a speech bubble
From the farmers’ fields
Into the watered silk sky
before falling back down again.
And pretty roe deer feed by the side of the road.
Sheep. So many sheep. And even lambs in Devon.
Dartmoor rises like a humped backed whale
On my right.
Signs to the Pathfinder Village on my left.
Where one of the three speed cameras lies.
I slow, although I am not speeding.
The sight of the arched blue bridge
Over the motorway,
Means I can pick up more speed.
More cars mean more concentration
On the road.
Keep your distance
Stay two chevrons apart.
A phallic symbol rears up from behind the Mendip hills.
Closer by an ancient water tower squats.
Leaving Bristol behind I can relax
And admire the green valley with its low-lying mist,
or the River Avon full to the brim,
flood meadow not yet flooded.
It won’t be long.
So many articulated lorries headed for Birmingham,
Manchester and the North.
I am glad to reach the Worcester turn off
Where the Malvern Hills look malevolent
as they crouch like a sleeping dragon
on the horizon.
The low slung sun dips in and out behind black clouds
And blinds me on the summits
as I try to avoid the potholes at the side of the road.
Welcome to Herefordshire
There is the Clee Hill, once a welcoming sight
As I headed home to lovely Ludlow.
Now, its peak shrouded in cloud as I pass it by,
still keeping watch over the medieval town.
Finally the Shropshire Hills.
The Longmynd, Caradoc, Ragleth Hill
loom in the background.
I have arrived.
5 hours later.
~wander.essence~ On Journey/Poetry
35 thoughts on “On Journey”
Wonderful and an enjoyable poem to read, Jude. By the way, we have visited Ludlow 🙂
You have? What did you think of it? You might like the post I recently did on my Travel Blog
You just amaze me with this very descriptive and evocative journey Jude. Your words and descriptions draw such a clear picture that I feel as though I was with you all the way. I can picture the starlings and the Malvern hills crouching like dragons. Cathy is a great source of inspiration and I look forward to more of your poetry
I agree with Cathy this is great writing Jude, you really should do poetry more often. I was with you until the Worcester turn off, I’ve only been towards Wales from further south or right on north to Scotland.
Takes another 1hr 15 mins to reach Ludlow from this turnoff! Slow travel 🙂
oh my this is beautiful, felt like I was on the journey with you. Just wonderful Jude.
Nice to have you along Becky 🙂
oh that’s a lovely thing to say . . . . thank you 🙂
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