On Luxford

The old boys’ bench
affords a wide view
of Luxford Fields

of trees to the north

Here is my basecamp
on the ascent
over difficult terrain
of root split tarmac

Dog walkers and kid strollers
criss-cross the scuff

taking turns to shout
and to chase

Behind me shoppers steer
between tight spaces

which revs and white lines
take for three to ten hours

Two boys on bikes gob
and then dare each other

on their brakeless machines

to ride the Tesco steps