The footfalls beat to the

sound of distant music

and the rustle of clothes

reverberates them through.


The murmurings meditate

and mediate between the

thoughts that wander

through the pilgrimage of minds.


A cough crackles loud

to interrupt the wonderings

and bring them down to the

earthy necessities of life.


And now a louder heavy

insistent foot bears down

while a noisy phone

demands a reply at once.


Holloways cover our heads

and surround our thoughts

with the murmurings

of our farming forbears…


..who struggled through snow

ice and scorching heat

to continue on, so how can

we neglect to do the same.


© Claire Gathercole

April 2016 workshop