The formal lawn


Sebastian methodically measures
bright orange netting like an artist
marking out his canvas.

Full of tools
one wheelbarrow stands
forks, spades, brushes, stakes.

His mate kneels at one corner                                                             DSC06653 - Copy
carefully sifting soil, troweling edges
his head bent, intent on perfection.

A third man brings in a barrow
rich green turf,  all three
in harmony, finely tuned.

Please not – One of a series of poems written on my mini residency in June 2015 courtesy of the Poetry School and the London Parks and Garden Trust.


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