At the Foot of the Fall

high force

Hiking to the very top of High Force

To know in flushed hearts a wonder unfeigned,

To witness the Tees plunge in its long course,

Here then amongst rushing waters unchained

Is the beauty that made us scale steep dale

To win this sight of crust straining skyward

And the self-carving bride’s cascading veil.

Here we heard the river as it roared

And we agreed that yes this was sublime

But I had a secret I did not share:

I could have known splendour without the climb,

I saw danger magic and truth elsewhere,

I saw it at the foot of the great fall

In your iris beauty above it all.  

A Halloween Carol will resume next week.


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