Words Fail (the Fells revisited)

WORDS FAIL

 

These words do not ring true,
cannot contain the tread
of rubber sole upon the beaten track,

the slide of stone beneath the feet,
the rustling of leaves
among the tangled roots.

These words cannot ring true;
as roots erode the step
whose shelf they form –

my words fail to express
the stressful joy, fail to commune
with nature. These words

do not permit the real footfall.
The fell remains

Unconquered.

 

Malcolm Evison

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