Monthly Archives: September 2015

October Thoughts – Villanelle

 

Summer Time ends 25 October 2015

Kitchen clock Lower Brockhampton House Forget the past, brew up the cup that cheers.
The spirit of the staircase, there’s the bind.
The clocks tell lies about advancing years.

Those teenage passions, harmonies once sung;
It’s only now with hindsight you were kind –
Forget the past, brew up the cup that cheers.

Did honeyed loving words once leave your tongue?
You’ve put all that behind you, love was blind.
The clocks tell lies about advancing years.

Both of you were heroes, both unsung.
No triumphs now, you’re old, your face is lined;
Forget the past, brew up the cup that cheers.

Remembering is biased, life’s unstrung.
Who really minds if you forgot to wind
The clocks. Tell lies about advancing years.

They say that youth is wasted on the young,
But too late now. It’s time that you, resigned,
Forget the past, brew up the cup that cheers;
The clocks tell lies about advancing years.

© 2015 Peter Young

The clock is in the kitchen of Lower Brockhampton House, Herefordshire

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Alcove Sonnet

Grace A Williams: It Has Capability

Grace A Williams: It Has Capability

For many years I lived a life alone,
Was unattached to many worldly goods.
It’s just like entering the darkest woods
And finding all my feelings turn to stone.
Only slowly did I learn to be myself
And build my natural glory and esteem.
It’s never easy swimming ’gainst the stream;
Much easier to stay unnoticed on the shelf.
There came a time when all was changed, and I
Came boldly from my ledge to spread my wings.
To shock the unobservant passer-by,
I loosed these inner feelings with good cause:
To meet with others, share this gift that brings
My overflowing heart to merge with yours.

© 2015 Peter Young

This is my fourth poem inspired by the pieces in the exhibition in the Long Gallery at Croome Court. This piece is by Grace A Williams, and is called It Has Capability.

Long Gallery

Long Gallery

 

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Girl in the Hat

Cristin

Cristin in the Hat – 1969

This photograph was taken on 27th July 1969 when I was living in Adelaide, South Australia. This was in the days of film photography, and wet chemical processing. Cristin was a student at Adelaide University, where I was working in the Department of Psychology as a Research Assistant.
I did meet Cristin again, quite by chance, about ten years later in Central London, outside the Diorama off Peto Place, NW1. At that time she was living in Holland. We have not encountered each other since.

 

 

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Meeting Point

Camilla Searle, “731 Days”

Camilla Searle, “731 Days”

We met that time – do you remember?
You were wearing that hat,
And I – I was a long way from home.
You must have noticed that.
We talked, we laughed. We bonded
In that brief moment of destiny.
You, in your hat, stood out from the crowd.
And today, you stand out in my memory
Now a long way from your home,
Though I never discovered where that was.
I want to know – because I’m curious –
What happened to you?
Do you still have the hat?
Do you ever wonder what happened to me?
That’s a story I could tell you –
But I’ve yet to explore its deeper meaning.
My life took a turn – it is still turning,
And occasionally I recall our meeting –
The time when … when we met.
A time too short to get to know you –
The real you, or where you lived.
I think I got to know a fragment,
But maybe you were just a mirror
Reflecting my inquisitive world,
Brought to a sharp conclusion.
There was a desire for what was missing
In my life; that did you no favours,
Only gave you the role of hanger for my dreams,
Topped off by a hat.
Even so, you smiled. Your lips
Mirroring the curve of the brim.
An image that has travelled with me,
Your face never growing older,
But softer focus with each passing year.
Burnt into my soul with my regrets, my questions:
Where are you now, girl in the hat?

Camilla Searle, “731 Days” – detail

Camilla Searle, “731 Days” – detail

© 2015 Peter Young

This is the third piece inspired by the works currently being exhibited in the Long Gallery at Croome Court, Worcestershire.
This piece is by Camilla Searle, entitled “731 Days”

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