The wordless earth

The coast of Pembrokeshire must be one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and I am priveleged to live so close to it. Unfortunately, I fail to get there very often, but managed a walk there recently. I am always promising myself that I will go more often. I promise myself again now. The poem is an attempt to deal with the idea of places on earth that just carry on being or growing, when we are not there, as in the Zen Buddhist notion that ‘the grass grows by itself’. We humans overestimate our importance on the planet- it would all carry on quite well enough without us, and indeed does so in the places from which we are absent (except for the damage we have done, and continue to do, on a global scale).


The wordless earth



No words                                                                 dsci0024


just grey sky


black rock


the vast ocean


sunlight meagre


on the horizon                                   dsci0020


a pair of choughs


stabbing at the cliff scree


blackthorn crouching low


where the winds scrape


and drag their harrow                dsci0017


the heather   the gorse


slowly growing


in our long  heedlessdsci0011






© David Urwin


Wooltack Point, Pembrokeshire, December 19th 2016.


About jadedmountain

I am a poet, living a rural life in south-west Wales. The purpose of this blog is to publicise my poetry.
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3 Responses to The wordless earth

  1. Wendy Smit-Taylor says:

    As I read … I am there as a shiver of moss on the rock … Thank you Dave

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  2. I have just read this again for a couple of times. It is a professional poem. So good although somehow sad. You are continually improving your writing!

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