Mon 16 Feb: King’s Lynn to Huntstanton

A flock of oystercatchers at Huntstanton Beach.

A flock of oystercatchers at Huntstanton Beach.

“You’re doing this for charity?” asks the
Kindly merchant, who predictably starts
With the one query always asked of me.
Is this how our world now lessens our hearts?
That anything, which carries or invents
A small aspect of surprising venture,
Demands both willpower and wonderment
Amidst unforeseen human endeavour,
Is seen possible only through prepared
Objectives of charitable giving,
Approved rational under some declared
Auspices of goodwill and fundraising?
“No, it’s entirely selfish,” I reply,
“A wish to live, before life passes by.”

The entire collection of poems from this project was published by Eyewear in 2016. Only a sample of the 78 poems remain accessible on this website.