I sit in the old servants quarters of
an English stately home. Behind the wall,
a partly cobbled green lane which I love.
Going down the lane from this aging Hall
in a wooded glade is a metalled road.
Going right, past a white wash Lodge withal
a scattering of dwellings now bestowed
by this beautiful walk through bright sunbeam.
Toward a bridge under which a burn flowed
where trout swim stationary in the stream
and, sometimes in the woods, roe deer are seen.
Continuing on this road as a dream
especially at dusk, where before we've been.
Road and stream like rod and snake reach a ford,
where two foot trout shimmer, quiver, careen
across to spawn; a sight to be adored.
Where stream and road cross a ford, where we roam -
pleasant and relaxing with health restored.
Along the lane where the trees make a dome,
around the corner and starting to climb,
the single track lane will then take us home.
If I stood up and rotated around:
each way you look, this journey is background.