John Clare. From Hertford to Helpston.  June 2017.


He walked for three days,
returning from High Beach,
is said to have eaten grass.
We drove in ninety minutes
and found a place of peace,
understood that for all of us
life brings doubts, fears, hurts
but here is healing,
the song of the blackbird,
ants in a woodpile,
the fragrance of flowers
in his garden
and even in our age of chatter
there is time to read,
to watch and to listen.


Robert Wilson is a member of a poetry group based in Hertford. The group visited the Clare Cottage in June 2017.