Ashdown forest

Ancient tranquil heathland
Bathed in dappled light
Dark farrows start to change
As winter turns to spring
Purple heather grows in clumps
Yellow gauze dazzling in sunlight
Covering patches over the forest
In the heart of the high Weald
Lies a forest of natural beauty
Small rabbits dart around bracken
Deers graze camouflaged by trees
This home of Winnie the Pooh
Enchanted forest to explore
With pathways stretching
Across hills and downs
This Ashdown forest
Such a privilege to enjoy

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Stand off

Glued to the ground

Eyes fixed staring

Glances exchanged

Whites of the eyes

Heckles up

Heart beating fast

Frozen to the spot

Stalemate has occurred

Flight or fight

Stillness around

No noise at all

Suddenly changes

Deer takes flight

Leaps forward

Stampeding past me

I lunge for the dog

We both lay panting

Both amazed

The deer has gone

We are still intact

Relieved and amazed

Newness and Silence

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Bright yellow  flowers burst over the gorse

Like sun rays, covering the forest

Bright new leaves softly swaying

Blue skies stretch beyond the beyond

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Rabbits hide in clumps of heather

tiny buds of pink and white appear

Deer graze on the heath in the distance

Hide, protected by woodland thickets

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The smell of newness on the warm breeze

The sound of silence echoes in my ears

Come share this space, this time with me

Let the newness and silence be us