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  • Two different countries.

    Two different cities.

    One I know well, the other Katie's afternoon introduction.

    Both beautiful.

    Both large.

    Both full of wide open spaces and hidden secrets.

    Trysts and couplings,

    Birdwatchers and daydreamers,

    Children and grandparents,

    The mobile phone-wedded,

    Walkers and joggers,

    Cyclists and baby pushers.
  • I would have liked to stay longer at Roundhay,

    And not just for Katie,

    Entrancing me with word and thought,

    No, I would have liked to stay longer,

    To find those wild places

    Where the wild things are.
  • For in Forest Park, I know those places

    Those places where the joggers and cyclists,

    The baby pushers and the phone-occupied,

    Pass by without stopping,

    Stopping to look and listen.
  • Roundhay was beautiful,

    And I took far too few photographs,

    But, as I said,

    Katie entranced in word and thought,

    And photographs seemed intrusive,

    Interruptive,

    Not of the moment.
  • But I have my memories,

    Of word and thought

    Of image.

    And today,

    I have my park

    My Forest Park

    Where I know the wild places

    Where the wild things are.
  • The first, third and fifth images are from Roundhay Park, Leeds on July 19, 2013. The second, fourth and sixth images are from Forest Park today. The enormous creature that suddenly surfaced in the final image is a fully grown Snapping Turtle. Notice the large claws! I estimate this animal was about 18 inches (46 cm) long, easily big enough to take a finger off if I got too close and too careless with it.
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