The first poem in James Caruth’s sequence Tithes (featured in the anthology The Footing, due from Longbarrow Press September 2013).

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STANNINGTON

Twenty-five years a foot-soldier,
pensioned to this high scrape
of heather and bracken.

Build stone walls
against the slow march of hills.

Pace out the acreage:
Nethergate, Uppergate, Knoll.

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You can listen to James Caruth read the poem here.

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