Crumbly old bricks, empty flowerpots,
Tilted hosepipe, untidily coiled,
Leaning stepladder, stained with paint
Redundant fence post with rusty nails
Dead leaf litter and straggling plants
Quietly continuing, just being,
Surrounded by birdsong
In the space by the fence.
As I wrote this small stone I was attempting to simply observe what I could see from my window. As I read it back I realised how many of the words I had used implied some kind of negative judgement – untidily, stained, crumbly, redundant etc. Using words to describe things simply as they are without judgement is difficult.
But then could I perhaps also begin to read words like crumbly, rusty, redundant or dead even, without the negative slant?