#30DaysWild Day 27 The Biter Bit

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The North Tyne, Bellingham (c) Sally Hutt 27 June 2019

A sturdy small girl
stomps down the pavement in a paddy,
crosses the field at speed
to launch herself with aplomb into the dinghy.
Rocking wildly she picks up an oar
to propel the boat upstream
by paddling over the stern.
Her fluid strokes are expert,
outrace the chase by angry parent,
She steers skilfully,
leans across the current towards open terrain
on the far side of the river.  Escape, freedom.

Countless small creatures scent blood,
descend on tender skin for a meal.
Hot itching inflames her temper,
fuels an about turn in search of respite,
calamine lotion and a soothing  touch
from mother, jovial now that the wanderer’s returned.

(c) Vivienne Blake 1 June 2014

Mum wrote this about her wild and free childhood on the Thames.  I thought about this poem as I walked along the North Tyne at lunchtime today.  Sally

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1 Response to #30DaysWild Day 27 The Biter Bit

  1. Sally I loved this one- haven’t been able to keep up with them all while I am away but thank you for sharing these gifts to us


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