“And traveller’s joy beguiles in autumn
Hearts that have lost their own”.

A. E. Housman ~ Tell me not here – It needs not saying

wild clematis is feathering the hedgerows still
yards of parachute silken seedheads
whitening winter before snowfall
it gladdens the hearts of travellers they say*
those who tread tarmac, the homeward homeless

your dying has changed all direction
and I’m struggling to my feet – again

*Clematis vitalba – wild clematis with many local names including traveller’s joy , old man’s beard and hedge feathers

A personally apposite and timely prompt from De for this week’s quadrille: Change