From John Alcock

Clouds Above Lark Hill

Pillows and sheep
sheep asleep on pillows
bellwether and teg
pampered and plumped

Clouds that meander
from vale to wold
patient flocks billowing
bold as bolsters

Along the horizon
cloudwisp collies
rounding up sheep
in the tapering wind

Hurdled and huddled
close to the fold
delighting in dreams
of grazing sky-free

Cloudtrails of wool
woof and weft woven
hillside and valley
of sleep-grazing sheep

All down the sky-long
Warwickshire feldon
from Ilmington to Adlestrop
into Gloucestershire

© John Alcock

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