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At Burscough, Lancashire

Helen Tookey

Lancashire’s Martin Mere was the largest lake in England when it was first drained,
to reclaim the land for farming, in 1697.


Out on the ghost lake, what’s lost
is everywhere: murmuring in names
on the map, tasted in salt winds
that scour the topsoil, westerlies
that wrenched out oaks and pines, buried now
in choked black ranks, heads towards the east.
Cloudshadows ripple the grasses as the seines
rippled over the mere by night, fishervoices calling
across dark water. Underfoot, the flatlands’
black coffers lie rich with the drowned.
Taken from 'New Poetries V'...
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