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.