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To and fro To and fro

To and Fro

(Godstow Abbey)


I drive past Godstow ruins,

squat walls thick above

the Thames frosted flood-fields,

one ancient window socket

senile out at sky,


and among tumbled stones,

a girl like the fair Rosamund,

who was imprisoned here twice –

first, as a child, strictly schooled,

and later a penitent, King Henry’s

discarded concubine.


Friesians

graze patches of thawed grass

nostrils blowing out white steam,

dabchicks bob into the stream,

geese gaggle, preen.


Two men in orange jumpsuits

drill at the humped-back bridge –

and history wraps

itself around me, a trailing fur-lined cloak,

hair-shirt brushing beneath.


Olivia Byard



Olivia Byard


Olivia Byard





Publish in Sewanne Review USA, Fall issue 2016 (George Gore last issue as editor) New work.