Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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Glenbalkan

Glenbalkan is like this:

Four dooropenings to the estuarywisewinds

And delightbeautiful mildpleasant

castrationscrubcoppicewoodheadlands And clean-sided

wells and balneary springs coldspringy and sabulous

Clearcleanrainwater greengrey boglandstreams

And greengreycroptop blood-tracewatercress and faint

Brooklime long-trailing on the groundcentre.

And lots of sorrel too and rivetmutterwood-sorrel

And herbage viands and shavegrass

And glowingsheepberries and garlic growing wild

And atriplex and esculent sea-breezedulseintoxicant

And darkblack glandsloes and Jovenobletimberbrown

eyeberries.

The woodloonies used to hammerpummel

Each other for the best pick of the fool’s watercress -

Kapow! Vronk! Zwapp!

- and for the choicest bed

In that smoke-cloudhollowdale.