English Epilogue

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Part of this home has regressed, it has fallen

in and of its own beginning.  So we take footing

on ground hallowed, kept for the rapture,

and watch as the swallows dart in and out.


See through the field-glasses, the eyes blinking

through cracked mullion, beyond frosted counterpane;

the table broken in anguish back in youth’s day,

six centuries in she wept huddled in that corner.

The box of matches on the dresser in the hallway,

waiting for the word, eager to serve.

The ripped bills, contracts under teetering wardrobes

in cobwebbed mire.  Papers strewn, here, there.

A dusted, padlocked trophy (few remember),

rows of medals, that charming rose clipped (few remember still).

Coach and horse, the print in state, gilded frame,

splitting golden snow over lock and wall, river, road;

Shotguns, hounds, cricket bats, biscuit tins.

Portraits stare blank, waste or wax as case may be.


The quill, now drying…


Out through smashed window, back up an uncertain hill,

the breeze from distant skies blows futile against

the long-embedded damp.


◄ The Vote of Confidence

Swept Paddock through Waning Light ►


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Sat 16th Jan 2016 20:00

compulsive reading, a real sense of desolation of abandonment and very appealing to me. It speaks of Ted Hughes in his bleak moments.


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