from The Mabinogi

The Mabinogi

Here at the turn of the leaf a horseman is riding
through the space between one world and another,
warm in his company of noises:
hoofs, hornsqueals, hound- and man-cries.
Trees shed their dry brown,

He's chasing a disturbance of the forest,
a shiver passing from twig to twig,
the whispery commotion
of a deer running

As he rides on alone, and his men
diminish to distant shouts,
his hounds' song mingles

with the song of a strange pack
hunting towards him.

from The Mabinogi by Matthew Francis

published by Faber and Faber.
ISBN 978-0-571-33376-9

Copyright © Matthew Francis, 2017.

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