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Up the Gog and Magog hills
to the Wandlebury Ring,
to the Roman road
in each direction to the highest point
on the line with the sky--and I said
mere scenery, with a resonance
only in words. But
as the hills
fell away from the sun, as the dust blew across
the wide, black bed of the valley,
and as the crows in the shadows
began to look peculiar,
we fell into a silence that walked with us
like a name we could not remember.
The sky grew darker, and the wind
stiffened our backs
our progress back to the car was a matter of pride.
But at last the spell was broken.
"It does seem," said the London poet,
slowing and calling
"that we all have been reading too much of Ted Hughes!"
Ring: site of an Iron Age fort, Cambridgeshire.)