Sunday, 28 February 2016

Visits past

Photo by Mark Stephenson

So, a few years ago, around this time of year, we were in Vermont (details here if you want them). I was reminded of this yesterday, thumbing through a book of Robert Frost poems that I found lying, unloved, in one of the many piles of books that clutter this house. I studied Frost at school, have even written a poem that mentions him before (back here, now a little altered) but now I have a new one (below). Well, a draft anyway.

Just recently I have been reading (via daughter) the Jackie Kay poems that she is studying in school. I know some people probably manage to take in nothing from the poetry that they are exposed to at school but for others these poems can be life-changing, mind-enhancing. You may not realise this at the time of course!

Bennington, Vermont (2011)

It is a crisp day,
Suitably Frostian.
A March Sunday,
New England,
History in the air.

In the graveyard
There are pointers
Only to your name.
Who else has that?
You’ve arrived, they say.

We walk on grass,
Visit a white church.
School poetry,
That old uncle,
Whispers in my ear.

RF 2016

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Back on blog

Haven't done this for ages... blog that is. It feels weird.

Another thing I haven't done much of late is write poems... but here is one. May it be of interest to somebody.

Peace out

I do not google myself.
These days I am happier viewing others
who just happen to share a same name
(this name and that, and even the other).

I study their grand achievements:
doctors of psychiatry, literature,
an author of children’s books,
and whilst there was a time
I would have felt pressure,
disappointment and even a sense of shame,
I think that nonsense has finally blown away
and now, on some possibly insane level,
I just feel pride in their names.
Call me ridiculous.

I mean - look at this one:
Professor of cultural something or another,
Producer of academic tomes,
and, with the inevitable Fox/Quaker connections,
Promoter of peace to boot.
What a woman.

Today it feels enough, more than that,
that they are doing it,
that they are all so hard at work;
neat army of busy minds.
And me? What of the messy mes?
We just potter about quietly,
no need to panic,
for there are safe hands,
somewhere else,
getting important things done.

RF 2016