515 - The Last Walker

was I the last walker from Woodford
to Chipping Warden ? HS2 has cut
millennia of tracks and makes awkward
progress across the best-laid paths and ruts.

I laid stones on stiles just to make sure -
yes I the stranger took the last hike.
the vicar squire and pub have had their cure -
post offices have closed and the like

now the latest trail divides the country.
the truth of it is this however.
some paths have come to a peremptory
metal fence where men in orange sever

some ways - but reconnect in others.
left to dog-walkers - trails are leftovers.

Woodford Halse
4 June 2021