Moor Poets midsummer project: Helen Boyles

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Poet Helen Boyles celebrated midsummer with a sail upriver from Galmpton Creek to the old quay of the Sharpham estate.
She told the People’s Republic of South Devon: “In the evening light, we could see the Sharpham vines gleaming on the curve of the hill above and so the next day went on a tour of the vineyard followed by a complimentary wine and cheese-tasting session in the vineyard café, sampling in style the full flavour of a perfect day.” You can read the poem inspired by the picture on the PRSD.

And we have another poem, also inspired by the trip.

Midsummer Morning

Silver bloom of dew on the land’s swell,
creak of a swan’s slow wing flap,
celebration of the rising lark,
sun on our face, the red sail and river’s skin
as we drift off with the morning tide
in a day newly made and polished for us
here, now,
and to shine through all the days to come.