On moving sideways through Hampshire by Hilary Hares

Hilary Hares has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Born in Portsmouth, she now lives in Farnham, Surrey and her poems have found homes online and in print including Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, South and Magma. Her collection, A Butterfly Lands on the Moon, is sold in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.








On moving sideways through Hampshire 

on the 14.25 from Aldershot


Although I’ve lived here all my life,

              I’ve never been this way before,

                        or known how fern competes with mallow

                                                               to fill a field or seen a pale Jersey

                                                                             from the Loseley farm ruminate still air,

                                                                                                                          or heard the motorway, all business,

                                                                                                                                                                   sing as it dashes on.


Hilary Hares