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Tess Jolly

Oct
2017
Thursday 5th
posted by Jody Porter in Arts

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


How to Build a Drystone Wall
Tess Jolly

Knowing your dread of fields progressing
unrestrained through endless horizons

your father gathered all he could find
to build you a structure. No mortar or cement

just strong foundations, a framework of blocks
filled with chipped rocks which fit

into the mosaic – hearting into base-stones.
Low enough to climb should the need arise

follow his guideline through Wasdale Farm
up Scafell Pike and at the end keep walking

onto open fell. The summit is just
ahead now, turn back and you’ll see a lattice

holds the earth. You hadn’t known
such craft could make the landscape bearable.




Tess Jolly has been widely published in UK magazines and has been commended or placed in several competitions, including the Mslexia Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society's Stanza Poetry Competition. She has won the Hamish Canham Prize and the Anne Born Prize. Her debut pamphlet – Touchpapers – is published by Eyewear and a second pamphlet – The Blue Hour - is due from Indigo Dreams later this year.

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