The rain has stopped. We can hear only the wind
and a swollen stream – hidden beneath
the high moorâ€™s golden fern – rush through a culvert
under the road, which glistens, after the shower,
in an unexpected shaft of sunlight.
Rain clouds are blackening the mountains
to the west but northwards, beyond bracken
and gorse that stretches seemingly to landâ€™s edge,
through a gap in the hills, we can see the sea,
a sunny blue, and a white ship sailing east â€“
too far away to recognise her flags.
Chance has brought us here as winter comes. Love
stays us against the dark.
Note: this piece has been subsequently published in â€˜A Jar of Sticklebacksâ€™ â€“ http://www.armadillocentral.com/general/a-jar-of-sticklebacks-by-david-selzer.