The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling

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They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods …
But there is no road through the woods.

He almost wept

Photo1139  8 (1) Photo1240 2I had to go twice today to the Sorting Office so I got a cab the second time.The driver said on returning he had not seen my husband lately.When I told him he had died he was distressed..My husband had used them a lot as he got slower walking to the station but thus man had taken him to the hospital too.

We sat in the car for a few minutes and I said  he had had a very peaceful death holding my hand.But this did not comfort the poor man who was definitely  not a native of England as most of the southern  ones rarely show a feeling.Then he accepted some money but not enough as he had been kept waiting  by me for a long time.He had a very moving expression on his face.Fortunately I did not fling myself into his arms as that might have given him a shock.I felt sad too but happy as well because I managed to do a lot of things … maybe my haemoglobin is rising.I saw  that it was almost low enough for me to need a blood transfusion in May but I didn’t know…I am  hoping it has risen now and perhaps I am getting more done.

Then I can sit and look at my acers if the sun shines again.

Photo1240 3 Study in blue by-the-lily-pond-in-a-wood-brighterPhoto1143