Posts tagged ‘hiking’

April 25, 2017

The Kumano Kodo 熊野古道

by Nick Anthony

A peaceful night is ended
By the first light of morning
Before a bright Sun soaring
Over the edge of the ocean.

I open my eyes to a starry tent sky
Shining droplets of condensation
Refracting rainbows of morning dew
Formed from the radiant body heat
Of weary pilgrims happily beat
Upon the Kumano Trail.

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April 23, 2017

Counting the days

by Jem Croucher

And I am watching time
I’m counting off the days
when I can tread those chalky paths
down hidden Downland ways

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April 18, 2017

Eight Miles

by Jem Croucher

Eight miles took us past the Ring
where the view as ever was
breathtaking in the sunshine
on the South Downs here because
(and I know that some will argue)
but this is heaven here on earth
A place that God has smiled upon
and with riches given worth

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April 14, 2017

These dusty trails

by Jem Croucher

I walk these dusty trails
the sun above my head
towards the hazy hills beyond
to which I have been led

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December 11, 2016

Fog on the Ring – tanka

by Jem Croucher

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Fog thick as pea soup
shrouds the Sussex countryside
Trees hide like shadows
Quiet whispers, coy and shy
as again I climb the Ring

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May 22, 2016

For the love of a good walk

by Jem Croucher

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Amberley to Washington
is around about six miles
There’s one particularly nasty hill
and several gates and stiles

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May 21, 2016

The yellow road

by Jem Croucher

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Metalled by the Romans
on top of Bignor Hill
We came across the yellow road
heading homeward still
Mostly blue sky overhead
with tiny flecks of grey
The sunshine on the yellow shone
to show us both the way

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May 20, 2016

Into Sussex

by Jem Croucher

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Crossed the border into Sussex
Chalk paths underfoot
Thirty miles behind us
Twenty more to go to boot

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May 19, 2016

Houses for Eeyore

by Jem Croucher

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Down the hill from Butser
in the bright sunshine
to the ancient woodland there
heading for a climb
A forest that has been here
for a millennia at least
providing a dark canopy
atop a visual feast

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May 18, 2016

Big sky

by Jem Croucher

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With a sky as big as big can be
we walked beneath the blue
Grey clouds skidding quickly past
keeping the sun in view

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May 17, 2016

Old Winchester Hill

by Jem Croucher

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The delicate wings of Chalkland Blues
shimmer here as I stand quite still
As they feed upon wild marjoram
on the top of Old Winchester Hill

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May 16, 2016

Fifty miles

by Jem Croucher

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From Hampshire through to Sussex
I have walked o’er vale and hill
with a full pack on my back
yet my legs are working still!

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May 4, 2016

The weatherman’s promise

by Jem Croucher

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If the weatherman is right
about what will happen here this week
It’s going to get much warmer
and that is just the news we seek
For the waiting’s almost over
and in just a few more days
We’ll be heading off to Hampshire
to walk the South Downs Ways

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May 1, 2016

Preamble

by Jem Croucher

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Thinking that I really ought
to get myself together
The High Trees circle beckoned
with a turning of the weather
Sun was shining bright and warm
and with Obi on the lead
We set off along the riverbank
at a reasonable speed

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April 2, 2016

A perfect day

by Jem Croucher

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Went for a wander up to the Ring
Just over five miles today
Took us a couple of hours in the sun
Along part of the South Downs Way

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May 23, 2015

Freedom

by Jem Croucher

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I have many chanced by meetings
When walking Sussex Weald
But there’s little interaction
with rabbits in a field
I have no problem here of course
It’s nice to see them there
Minding their own business
without concern or care

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May 22, 2015

Completion

by Jem Croucher

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And then to cap it all we walked
along to Amberley
a circuit of some sixteen miles
My brother Dave and me

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May 12, 2015

Out there

by Jem Croucher

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Saw the Adur valley
from the top deck of a bus
It looked ever so inviting
and more so today because
At last with backpacks on
my brother Dave and I
are finally out there walking
‘neath a promising blue sky

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May 11, 2015

Walkies

by Jem Croucher

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This week we will be out in this
Every single day
Bring on the sunshine, warm and bright
For the middle days of May

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February 21, 2015

Getting wet

by Jem Croucher

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Like peas in a pod, my brother and I
Stand out in the rain whilst others keep dry
‘That seems really strange’ I hear you all cry
But you’ve not yet heard the reasoning why

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January 23, 2015

Beeching’s Blunder

by Jem Croucher

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Later on tonight
With a beer to boot
We brothers meet
To plan a route

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January 12, 2015

A yearning

by Jem Croucher

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Morning mist hovers, silent this morning
Over the meandering course
Of a tributary born of the Adur
Attesting to Nature’s quiet force

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November 17, 2014

Ringing Sussex

by Jem Croucher

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Today we walked from Ring to Ring
beneath a winter sky
The sun shone bright despite the threat
of rainfall by and by

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July 30, 2012

Whose Bones Are These?

by Bodhirose

 

Hiking along the well-worn path

always looking down ahead of me,

I spy some bones laid out neatly.

They’re tiny and delicate,

perfect in form of the animal

that once had enclosed them.

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