Blue Remembered Hills

skim a brittle frozen lake
and dance into my heart again
melt my mind with breaths of spring
and lead me to the may
when the nights are lighter
when the days are lengthening
bluster me with morning thrills,
lead me to my blue remembered hills

fill my sky with untold stars
breathe me into life again

sketch my air with summer nights
and choose for me the way
your magic hour at sunset

when reds and golds surprise

roll my tongue with sugar pills

and lead me to my blue remembered hills

once we were callow young

with all our years before us

ever two together as one

now with our new found song
aching to be sung
we’ll cast our dreams
upon the blue, blue hills

so dance me through the valentine
to where our love is sheltering
shower me in blossom sparks
of hawthorn’s scented day
’til sage augustus clothes us,
in frosted robes of silvery
when seasons move against our will
on blue remembered hills

© 2021 David Philip Ireland
Image: cc-by-sa-2.0 Jocelyn Kinghorn