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The Estuary’s Nature Trail
Denzil will do the seven miles today,
as advised, to combat business stress.
A mile along, he passes the cruising swans,
tall and S-necked. Below the surface
their feet are racing to hold a course.
Denzil’s legs thrash out the required miles,
his mind running on a likely merger.
He passes the glaring eyes of seagulls,
and then the heron, poised and sublimely still.
Jean and Barry, leaving the coffee shop,
stroll out for maybe two, three miles.
The day is theirs, and their recent merger.
They connect with the ducks, the mallards,
the spring-time scurry, up tails all,
as the plump brown bodies dip and turn.
Diving Off the Point
This was when blokes in the barber’s shop
or going into Nick’s for cigs
were the social medium of the day.
So now and then we got the clarion,
Wynn’s going off the Point at seven
(just as in our Barn Street Juniors,
Fight in the Drang after school
was muttered between lessons, and at four
the hundred of us watched the scrap.)
To dive off Little Haven Point,
you’d go off a tiny concrete platform.
(The height of it? The drop? Say, eighty feet?
Surely, even with the tide right in).
You’d really need to know the tides
and, by hell, be sure about the rocks.
The caravan of bikes and cars
and passengers left town in bags of time.
Wynn went down, pure as an arrow,
split the water, clean as a chisel. Applause
and the murmurs, Good boy. Good man.
Say eighty, ninety feet? Surely. Good man.
He dried off, went home, had supper.
Robert Nisbet, Haverfordwest, Wales
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