The Way through the Woods

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse's feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.

Rudyard Kipling, 1910

Picture taken a few days ago, poem found this afternoon - it gave me goosebumps.
Beautiful
posted September 17th, 2018  
beautiful poem!
posted September 17th, 2018  
Love this with the poem! Fav
posted September 17th, 2018  
Both poem and photo and wonderful and rhythmic.
posted September 17th, 2018  
Love both the poem and the scene and as @redandwhite says a lovely rhythem to the poem as you walk along the path !
posted September 17th, 2018  
Oops should read "rhythm " + a fav
posted September 17th, 2018  
Beautiful path and capture.
posted September 17th, 2018  
Good for a walk with the camera ready :)
posted September 17th, 2018  
Great pathway and capture!
posted September 18th, 2018  
I'd love to walk this road.
posted September 18th, 2018  
Great poem, matches your image perfectly.
posted September 18th, 2018  
What a find...Kipling and it matches the feel of this wonderfully
posted September 18th, 2018  
Beautifully paired 😊
posted September 18th, 2018  
Great pov and leading line
posted September 18th, 2018  
The tree roots provide natural steps so you don't slip!
posted September 18th, 2018  
Magical, love the light. Fav.
posted September 18th, 2018  
Charming scene. Wonderful to uncover old pathways
posted September 18th, 2018  
Beautiful poem and photo, fav for both
posted September 18th, 2018  
oh oh take me there!
posted September 18th, 2018  
Lovely light and pov :)
posted September 18th, 2018  
Lovely!
posted September 18th, 2018  
Nice pov and good poem!
posted September 18th, 2018  
A lovely woodland pathway. Fav!! 😀
posted September 18th, 2018  
ooh wonder what is around the corner...could be a T-rex in a bikini!
posted September 18th, 2018  
Lush greens and earthy browns - lovely!
Great image and a very fitting poem to accompany :)
posted September 18th, 2018  
Lovely capture...fav
posted September 18th, 2018  
It just looks like a wonderful bush hike now - a lovely spot.
posted September 18th, 2018  
i like all the green felicity
posted September 19th, 2018  
wonderful poem and image
posted September 19th, 2018  
Lovely light through a lovely walk xx
posted September 24th, 2018  
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