the book of Turner's paintings I held

in awe like a whisper

the agony of such scapes

where a brush once had laced

together a purpose and a vision

for a moment blinded me

to the shop, tucked in 

as I was, away from the splashes

of celeb chefs, the cacophony 

of tumbling Christmas mock Blytons

Ladybird books that would fly

to post turkey glutted hands for humour


I was glad of the dead coming to life

that way just for a few moments,

being lifted up and perpetuated

and somehow blessed.




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Sun 17th Dec 2017 16:37

Thanks for looking in Suki. This was written just after the actual event; I find that the easiest way while it is hot from the mind. I do enjoy some sendup versions of kid's books by the way, but I think they're more for the adults, as if age is reversed.

Always pleased to hear from you Stu. I should love to see an original of a Turner. Thanks.

Beno, that's lucky to be able to enjoy the local galleries. For me to get to London is a lot of dosh.
Those mockups of children's books are enjoyable - but there seem to be more and more of them and that wears them thin for my taste.
Anyway, back to the bookshop my boy.!

Col, David and Des, thanks as always for liking this one.

Ray . Happy Xmas guys.

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suki spangles

Sat 16th Dec 2017 10:31

Hi Ray,

You elegantly illustrate the nature of the high street bookshops, despite themselves, still offering the odd treasure inside..


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Fri 15th Dec 2017 08:21

Great poem Ray.
You describe perfectly the moment of being truly captivated by a great piece of art. You just fall into it and you do detach yourself from your surroundings.
Turner is a funny one for me. His early work never really did anything for me but his later work I think is sublime. I'm lucky enough to live near Manchester, and we have access to his work most of the time. Its so worthwhile to take the time to go and see it. The scale just adds to the awesomeness of his work.
Funny I love the artwork in ladybird books! I think thats more nostalgia.
I have realized I have lost my Turner book in one of my 10 house moves. Time to go to the book shop.

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Stu Buck

Fri 15th Dec 2017 01:45

gorgeous ray. the last four lines elevates the piece beautifully. good job as ever. i love turner.

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