Stephen Robertson

Slanting Lines

In Norfolk

In Norfolk the sign reads slow you down

just in case we were driving too fast.

        I was probably driving too fast

        to see the flowers in the hedgerows.

We love the flowers in the hedgerows

no matter what the season of the year.

        At any time or season of the year

        we listen to Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Listening to Schubert’s Trout Quintet

the slow movement is of course the second.

        Of course we should move slowly for some seconds.

        No, more than that.  Maybe for a day—

even more maybe—for a year and a day

in Norfolk where the sign reads slow you down.