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Winter Walk TB

Winter Walk is a poem I wrote for the poetry assignment on the Open University Advanced Creative Writing course.

The inspiration for it came from an icy walk I took with my dogs one February morning.


Three pairs of lungs discharge vapour into the cold morning air,
parked cars display a gallery of ice art.
The village streets lie silent. Shadows our only companions, we pass by unnoticed.

Two tails synchronise with metronomic timing, wet noses uncover the night’s secrets.
The air is pure, unspoiled by traffic; we breathe deep and expel clean exhaust.
A lace-draped hedge shows off designer bling, a naked elm tree sulks nearby.

An unseen car door slams, engine whines twice, and dies.
Two heads tilt. The sounds are acknowledged, then forgotten.
A scent excites, leads are tight, a secret is discovered, a fox’s run?

In skeletal trees the dawn chorus awaits the conductors signal while
a warming sky bleeds red and gold. Street lamps cede to its majesty.
Curtains are drawn in upstairs rooms, cats call, demanding entry.

Stan’s corner shop awakes with blazing light.
Two bolts are drawn, the blind is raised. A small bell rings welcome.
Dogs wait impatiently. Stan appears armed with smiles and treats.

Warm engine ticks, stringed bundles drop, delivering news.
With folded headlines tucked away and wagging tails
we turn for home. The streets still quiet, we pass by unnoticed.

Meet The Author...
Trevor Belshaw
Who Am I?

Trevor Belshaw, aka T A Belshaw and Trevor Forest, hails from the village of Ruddington in Nottinghamshire. Trevor was married to Doreen, who sadly passed away last year and has two grown up children, Tamsyn and Daniel, two grandchildren, Minnie and William, a mad Springer Spaniel called Maisie and an upstairs cat named Misha.

Trevor has produced two satire based adult novels for Crooked Cat Publishing, Tracy's Hot Mail and Tracy's Celebrity Hot Mail and twelve children’s books (ages 7-11), including Peggy Larkin's War, The Wishnotist, Stanley Stickle Hates Homework and The Magic Molly series written under the name Trevor Forest. He is currently working on the seventh Magic Molly book, Magic Molly and the Murky Marshes.

All of Trevor’s books are available in Kindle and paperback versions. The first Magic Molly book, Magic Molly, The Mirror Maze is currently FREE for Kindle users

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