All through the long lockdowns of this last year this has been my secondary walk. Wider and longer than what got called my ‘permitted daily exercise’ early on in the pandemic. This one a circular walk of eight miles or so, done in all seasons, mostly alone and with only occasional and distanced company. Down through the parks from home in Wavertree to the river, along the Liverpool bank looking across at Birkenhead, up through St Michael’s and Lark Lane, then back across Sefton Park to the allotment and home. A proper walk and constantly good for me, mentally, physically, emotionally.

Yesterday, a Sunday, I did the walk again. In high springtime at the end of May, and in a city beginning to breathe again. This has been so hard.

Through Greenbank into Sefton Park
Rich in cow parsley now
Across Aigburth Road to Otterspool Park
Under the Northern Line
Down to the river
To watch the boats go by
Along the prom to the Festival Gardens
Through the wood to St Michael’s
Back across Aigburth Road
To Lark Lane
Where the people are
Queuing for ice cream in the warm day
And back across Sefton Park
To the allotment
For a sit and a read
And breathe…

This is Liverpool, coming alive again.

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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