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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Old hands at the bar

It is said
That if you sit down quietly
On your own
In The Parkes Hide
At The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve,
In East Sussex, England,
Facing south west,
And train your Leica
10 x 42 Trinovid binoculars
Carefully
On The Ternery Pool,
In the distance,
And using only
Your peripheral vision,
You may see
The cloud spirits
Over Fairlight
Re-enacting
Scenes of rape and pillage
Dating back to 1377,
When the French invaded Rye
Without invitation or consent.

But who,
Exactly,
Would say such a thing?

And why has it become
Common knowledge
Among the shingle banks,
And the Sea Kale
And the lonely, deserted
Rotherside pillboxes?

These are not questions to be asked;
They are questions to be answered.
And local help is available
From old hands
At the bar
Of the Inkerman Arms,
Where you can get a decent plate
Of cod and chips
And volumes of lubrication
Of the kind which would keep
An entire saltmarsh happy.

Sadly,
Not everyone
Appreciates East Sussex.



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The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

The Inkerman Arms at Rye Harbour

Rye Nook Fishery
100 acres of still water on the edge of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Barbless hooks only. Includes a hundred peg match venue for roach, rudd, bream, dace, eels and carp.

Fairlight cliffs
A photograph

Images of Sea Kale
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