Val Reason is a member of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society who lives in Skewen, in South Wales. This poem was selected for publication in our Folio # 73 in 2019.
Clevedon Cliff We walk to a tree poised like a salt-grained statue, limbs thrust inward windward trunk to sea. Its splay-toed roots hold firm cancelling strain. The wind-worn stance defies its age showing tireless grit. Around it, sea-thrift like chorus in an ancient play, bows approval with pink-clustered heads. Wind-swept we leave, seeking shelter in the car. And watching now I hope the need to hold will show itself in me faced with storms to come.