Lake District October (Kirkstone Pass)

Brown bracken covered
interlocking spurs.
Crag side streams
tumble flow.
Fell, beck, thwaite.1 
Grey stacked slate.
Sheep—dotted daisy like—
on triple green fields.
Pink heather
red rowan
yellow birch
besiege the tarn.

Reflections in an oak lined mere
as brooks craggy zigzag
and glaciated remnants
litter the landscape.

The sunlight covers
conifer valleys
with a golden October gleam.
The wind whipped ferns
burnished by the glow
in Cumbria.


1 Mountain, stream, a clearing.