Susan Taylor

The Four Fields

Beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
Jalaluddin Rumi

On a spring evening
I find four fields in my heart.
I walk into the first field

it is called Jeopardy.
Then I walk on
into a field of sadness.

This one draws me across
in an irrevocable line
into the third

where the sun is setting.
A voice in here says
this is The End.

But I see a fourth gate
wide open
with you standing beside it.

This is the field beyond
wrongdoing and rightdoing
where we meet.

Susan Taylor began writing in her teens in the idyllic setting of her family farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds. An ex-shepherd, she’s a turncoat now, with much sympathy for the plight of the wild wolf. She has eight published poetry collections, including Temporal Bones, published by Oversteps Books. Susan is a keen performer of her poetry and has developed and toured many poetry shows, including ‘La Loba Enchanting the Wolf’ and ‘The Weather House’, which appeared as an Indigo Dreams Poetry Pamphlet in 2017.