EMILY BRÖNTE by Ted Hughes

" The wind on Crow Hill was her darling.
His fierce, high tide in her ear was her secret.
But his kiss was fatal.

Through her dark Paradise ran
The stream she loved too well
That bit her breast.

The shaggy sodden king of that kingdom
Followed through the wall
And lay on her love-sick bed.

The curlew trod her womb.

The stone swelled under her heart.

Her death is a baby-cry on the moor."

© Ted Hughes

Development from the Ted Hughes project, created by Mick Gowar for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.