Listening for Updates – a poem by Diana Durham

Listening for Updates

the white horse is half a hillside
tall, emblazoned on the grooved green
upland flank like a white tattoo

rooks fidget and caw, stirring the heights
with faint voices, their nests like tiny
clouds caught in the high March aspens

behind the stilled concrete factory’s
eight-pack the dutiful two-tone chime
of a train echoes like memory

no trails in the blue, only the rooks
flying circuits round the willow copse,
a distance on three generations

radio blaring, practice their strokes
listen for updates—troubling with
indistinct waves the valley flat.

White Horse Country Park, Wiltshire
March 2020 at the start of lockdown


Diana Durham is the author of three poetry collections: Sea of Glass, To the End of the Night and Between Two Worlds; the novel The Curve of the Land and two nonfiction books: The Return of King Arthur and, most recently, Coherent Self, Coherent World: a new synthesis of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm’s Implicate Order.

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