Poem of the North

Fifty years of the Northern Poetry Library

From Canto 3

Belonging

They say that exile clarifies things – who can tell?
To ask ‘county or country’ is to miss the point,
it’s not something that’s easy to articulate
and neither is it a matter of volition.
We stop for a sandwich in the leeward shelter
of a dry-stone wall on a high Pennine ridge.
A profound, wordless conversation is unfolding –
I could be with my father, or with my own daughter.

The sky is stoic; by turns threatening and comforting.
We look down on the cities while we yearn for the moors –

we carry this with us wherever; forever.

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