Coleridge on Scafell

He speaks his mind
in a Devonshire accent,
leaves home on a Sunday
morning for nine days
to walk around the Lake District.
He disregards the weather,
has no professional guide,
his thoughts high
on fresh air,
freedom and adventure.
He sees the wild, green panorama,
a sunset viewed from a sheepfold
with dreams for company.
A letter written on Scafell,
bruised ink on paper,
the thundery forecast
in a life,
with those clouds
that came from the sea.

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His work has appeared in The London Magazine, The Grey Sparrow Journal, Kentucky Review, and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London & Keats House Poets). His most recent collection is The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).