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Source: Adults

Author: Jessie Barrett

Title: At Malham

The stonecrop writhed sulphurous
In the limestone fissures.  We picked our way
Across the pavement, to the cove’s edge.
Legs dangling, hands on tussocks of wiry grass
We laughed and heard our voices tumble
Madly downwards to the beck.
Hand in hand we ran hopscotch over slabs
Of lethal stone, careless of danger, onto
The embracing moor land.  This was an
Ancient and other country.  Ruined walls
Bore testament to lives of struggle.
And then up, onto the world’s roof where
The tarn lay peaty and brooding.
You turned to me and laughing mouths were
Stilled by the sweetness of the shared  breath
Before the kiss.  A shelter of monolithic stone
And hollowed grass, sheep or lover flattened.
We fell and skin shifted upon skin.  The cold air slipped
Across our whiteness as we lay in an intensity
Of naked vulnerability.  The hawk wheeled above us
And the earth slowly turned as urgent bodies joined.
Love made us invincible and forever changed.

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