edwn is a nature poet, songwriter and photographer. edwn.org features poetry collections, photographs, and the albums An Ordinary Patch of Ground, Reso, Sproutcale, Burrdock, and Landling.

Caratacus Stone

I feel kingly, tenacious and leaderful
As I climb like a ladybird
To the top of never enough

Pause to savour the moment
Swaying, shining-glossy
Then unfurl and take glorious flight
On to the next one

Might indefatigable

Not like that lazy lizard
Slowly burrowing itself
Its careless tail still within reach
Or that langourous lousewort
With its ruffles of pallid purple

No, I marshal the field
Strategise my heathered divisions
I will overfly and overcome
Repelling the invaders with my two-spot shield
And ranks of gorse ambition