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Thursday, October 27, 2005

For Clare

This is a poem to cheer up Simply Clare and Dr Joolz:

Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost;green thrives;the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man;decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss;sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen:may it happen for you.

Sheenagh Pugh

This comes from this book edited by Julia Darling and Cynthia Fuller.
Another of Julia Darling's poems can be found here.
I love it because it sums up what I feel about the country, very nice, but not me.
Think of me here:

I will be back!


Mary Plain said...

this is one of my favourite poems, too, Dr Kate- and I think we can all do with a bit of optimism to keep us going in this world of flood, earthquake, famine, New Labour and bird flu. And another amazing picture, like an Impressionist painting or something.

Joolz said...

Yes I agree that kate's photographs are lovely; they look wistful. An old fashioned word as in some ways they do look of anothertime somehow.
Anyway I love the Julia darling poem very much indeed. And thank you for posting a poem for us.

Simply Clare said...

Oh my goodness. My fabulous friend Babs used to correspond with Julia Darling (who has tragically died recently.) She so inspired my fabulous friend, that she went on an Arvon poetry course in the SW - and now regularly puts pen to paper - although she won't show me anymore.

Thank you Kate. I love people's favourite poems. I have another brewing.... and I may post it with the cake recipe.

Anya said...

*laughing* I love that poem you linked to about the country!!! I was thinking of moving to Darwin (up North of Australia) at one stage and the only thing I checked out online was what type of cinemas there were! As soon as I found out there was nothing much there I hastily shelved that idea altogether!!! Ooohhh everybody is posting such deliciously wonderful poetry, I must go and find one myself to blog!

Kate said...

The Julia Darling thing is so sad.
But I continue to celebrate her on my blog.

Digitalplayer said...

Dearest Kate
What is Muscadel? IS it to do with Muscadet which I enjoy so much?

Kate said...

I am noit sure about Muscadel but I think it is a grape.