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Elam St Open Space

Ducks have appeared in Elam St Open Space! This morning there were a couple of mallard ducks on the patch of water – I think it’s technically called a ‘bog garden’ – among the irises. And somehow they made the whole place feel safer and more alive. Though it’s looking very lush now anyway and the wisteria is out and there are little children in the playground. Check it out – gates on Lilford Road, Gordon Grove and at the side via Elam St or the estate.

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November 27, 2008, 11:17 pm | Edit this
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Found this on my computer the other day. I think it probably dates from last year. I don’t remember writing it, though I must have done. This seems like the best place for it. I don’t have any pictures of ESOS alas.


This morning


This morning, like every year,

mid-October spoke to me in Elam Street Open Space.

The crisp yellow leaves said, listen to us crackle, look at our pointy fingers!

Of course there are leaves like us everywhere in every year,

but this year it’s our turn to be the crisp leaves in Elam Street Open Space

and it’s you we’re calling to.

The blue sky said, how blue does a moment have to be

for you to want to rescue it from time?

The sun said, it’s your cheek I’m warming,

and this is a now worth any other,

so do something!


But I thought of all the other mid-October days

and all the other people who’ve done their bidding.

I went home to dirty breakfast bowls

and a computer full of other people’s words.


Soon though it will be late November, when the leaves are always gone,

so, here – others or no – are this morning, and those leaves.