BEFORE THE PEAS QUIT, THE QUIET:
Walking at sunrise, frost clings to the edge of fields,
mechanical birds bounce around branches, vibrant song.
Walking with rhythmic ‘crunch’, gravel, twigs & mud,
David Nash, Cardiff Art College sculpture department 1977,
the boys from the north dragging half trees in off the street,
bark stripping, rollies hanging off their lips, sleeve pulled up,
raw wood, sawdust, fire. There’s a mound of ash next to the hedge,
who’s been burning while the wind was low? Miking twigs sing,
‘crack’ in the flames, the way they move, transient colours,
off & on, heat, hope, cold ash sculpture in the morning, damp,
alive with colours, vibrant Greys.