The wild wood

I love this blog fifepsychogeography and this post particularly gripped me with its magical images that capture the wonderfully liminal quality of nature and even tumble down buildings being reclaimed slowly by the earth and it’s vegetation. The poetry has also distilled the intensity of the atmosphere – I found it to be of much comfort and inspiration as I struggle with some current health problems and with an awful brain fog. Thank you fifepsychogeography, I look forward to more 🙂

From Hill to Sea

Beyond the Hawthorn


Beyond the hawthorn, lies the wild wood

“cuckoo, cuckoo”




over the threshold

forms and colours

of the Otherworld




… snake-eye stirs



jaw click, snout

and a slither

of tongues




threat or supplication?

paw or claw?

who  hears the cry

of the wild wood?




no-one here






the oracle

of the wood





… always the leaves


Invitation to the light


… always the light




Hawthorn bushes and the call of a cuckoo conjure up the tale of Thomas the Rhymer a thirteenth century Scottish mystic, wandering minstrel and poet. Folklore tells of how Rhymer meets the Faery Queen by a hawthorn bush from which a cuckoo is calling. The Queen takes Rhymer on a journey of forty days and forty nights to enter the faery underworld.  Some versions of the tale say Rhymer was in the…

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