Student Love

You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
… Joan Baez (from Diamonds and Rust)

unlocked by thought and passion
all else gone and dust to dust
this will remain etched forever
if nothing else
part of my existence
unlocked by blood
the moon full
and the door shudders
and you are here again

wearing old clothes
coming in from the moors
late in the afternoon when cold
the horse-brasses and low oak beams
murmur of talk and drifting smoke
rattling of glasses at the bar
the barman offering pie and peas
leftovers from lunch
we unnoticed in the sit-in fireplace
absorbing the warm ambience

ebony wet matted hair
dripping on to a Tetleys coaster
your anger dissipated with the wine
I knew we would get back to the road!
… eventually …
then it was laughter and joking …
reluctantly the walk down the hill
Cow and Calf rocks receding in failing light
your bus back to the city and night duty
for me, books to open and lodgings

… wake-up! - time for bed
the music has long ended
you have been dreaming
all those dirty dishes
they need doing!
then put dog out
and a log for the night
turn fire right down low lad
it will rekindle in morning
switch off the light, it’s far too late

© Richard Scutter 12 September 2007

with certain poetic licence, I never had 'pie and peas' at the Cow and Calf ... certainly elsewhere ... and I never ever lost my way on the moors

The Cow and Calf Rocks at Ilkley


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