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October 3, 2018 / barton smock

person Thomas Tyrrell, two poems


Thomas Tyrrell has a PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University. He is a two-time winner of the Terry Hetherington poetry award, and his writing has appeared in Spectral Realms, Wales Arts Review, Picaroon, Lonesome October, Three Drops From A Cauldron and Words for the Wild.



These hills eat time.
Two miles’ tarmacadam
unfurls underfoot
at an easy pace
or whirls underwheel
in a flash. On hillside tracks
seconds unspool,
and minutes amalgamate.
Clear-running rivulets
disregarded by the road
wrinkle into
vertiginous valleys;
meandering footpaths
dive falcon-like
for the ocean, then shoot
up at obtuse
The failed deer fence
gives a border bluster
to a town
where stags still
graze oblivious under
the church clock
then turn about, trotting
towards the chimeless, timeless
pathless hillsides.



The city sprawls out shoreward from the mountains,
Grids grafted to the…

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