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Scarlet Elf-Cap


Last we passed we spied scarlet elf-caps

 

in this tidy copse amongst the ferns of winter

 

they bloomed blood bright, a glade cut splinter

 

sprouting neat from decaying elder limbs 

 

uniting acorn cups and Snow White's apple skins

 

those spellbound peelings freckling the forest floor

 

winking from the understory, perhaps numbering a score

 

blooming out from the brash crisp as the woodpecker's cry

 

secrets of Burgundy Chapel ruins so easy to wander by




Scarlet Elf-Cap by Christopher Jelley of Seven Fables


The ruins of Burgundy Chapel can be found near Minehead by following the wooded coast path, do seek them out if you are visiting Exmoor.

 

Wilderness Dreaming by Tamsin Abbott


Originally published in a Seven Fables newsletter March 2024 - subscribe here!



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