Nov. 12, 2021

returning . . .


the venerables

refuse to head

into winter sleep


au contraire

they emerge from

cosseted lairs


gravitate by

bus train foot

to city north


for a moment

gaze back

towards their cocoon


not too late

to revert

into locked known


but no - falter

forward - shuffle

up the square


stand before a

georgian splendour


on one more push

ascend granite steps


Peter Clarke