I want to tell you about my feet
Wild little untamed feet, they ran through dew-jewelled grass,
Found bliss in kneading mud,
And tickling shrimps under stones in the beck;
Shimmering white in the cold.
Child's feet crumpled in the womb,
Strapped and straightened,
Laced in shoes to walk to school.
Keep up! Don't trip!
Pick up your flat fallen feet
And tow the crocodile line!
Feet swept up in the swell of the band
And the beat of our hearts
And the bass guitar,
Sprung like a poppy seed ready to burst
And scatter all over the floor,
With Jackson, Quo and the Rolling Stones
Stardust Shakin' into your arms
'Til the music slowed and the lights went down.
Stiffer, slower, chilblain- blue,
My feet are lost in woollen socks
In mud-caked, milk-splattered, wellington boots.
They roam the fells and lambing fields,
Where the zig-zag mark of a rubber tread
Is lost to wind and rain.
Or cast perhaps in time, in clay.
I want to tell you about my feet,
Hare's feet my father said;
Strong and long-boned.