In 1079, William the Conqueror designated the New Forest, in Hampshire, as a royal forest and hunting ground., and you can read more about its history if you click HERE.
I found many photos on the web, including this free one... But idyllic as it seems, there is a darker side to this well known beauty spot, where life sometimes hangs in the balance, and this is what prompted me to write a series of shadormas for Poetry Jam today.
For any who have yet to encounter one of these, let me explain. It is a six line, unrhymed 'verse' whose syllable count follows this pattern: 3/5/3/3/7/5.
And the second photo tells its own story...
the forest is theirs
has been an unquestioned right
for centuries past.
is an enemy;
to kill lurks
among fronds of dead bracken's
ready to spark disaster,
and let loose fire...