Tuesday, 12 January 2010


In the midday sunshine
I left the Department

and climbed over the safety barrier
onto the path through the woods.

Very few people had walked that way
and the snow was soft and clean.

The Founders building looked like
an enchanted castle
hidden among the snowy trees

and the stone balustrade
was the perfect setting
for Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.

It was a brief respite from the preparations
for the start of term,

examination papers,
staff shortages
and field trips.

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