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For Anke Gottwaltdottir.

Ashdown Forest in Sussex - otherwise known as the Hundred Acre Wood - is where the Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set. I visited at the end of a very bad year for England.

The Hundred Acre Wood

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse17 Dec 2016

The gorse bushes
burst with brimstone
in prickly denials
of the cold dark winter.

Tall pine trees
crowd on hilltops,
conspiratorial
copses whispering:

Somewhere a
kind sun still shines
on endless summers
of small adventures.