Hum (noun)

Twilight; gloaming;
To walk blind
Against the wind;

To be abject; lick snot
And rain from the top lip
Like a sick calf.

To be blinded by rain
From the north.
To be blinded
By westerly rain.

To walk uphill
In a tarry peat cut
And bluster a deal
With the trowes.

To cross the bull’s field
In the dark.

To pass in the dark
A gate of hollow bars
Inside which the wind is broaling.

To pass in the dark
A byre like a rotten walnut.
To not know the gate
Until you run up against it.

Jen Hadfield

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