Thursday, 17 March 2011


From the old girl now
the last revengeful bursts

from the splintered concrete
of her mirrored and crackled face

this magnolia blossom spring
which sees her spike-grey eyes stare out

upon the rumbling sea
and her white-grey hair plumed up

and brushed in early spring's pacific winds
now currently prevailing
After Ted Hughes' poem Thistles
WODWO 1967 Faber & Faber


  1. Yes, thanks for the reference to Ted Hughes' poem, Gwilym -- else this would have been confusing :)


  2. Let's hope that the wind does not change direction.

  3. Thanks Devika. I wouldn't dream of confusing you :), I think poets should include footnotes when required - many don't so they can appear mysteriously elevated.

  4. Pat,
    You wouldn't want to breathe this stuff. The cloud is already in USA. But in the sea will be a big problem. The radioactive fish will be carried thousands miles by the waves- take care what you eat.

  5. :) very much agree that footnotes are required sometimes, Gwilym,


  6. Yes, John, and the amount of seismic activity around the so-called ring of fire is, if you'll pardon the pun quite unsettling.
    I'm trying to update the seismic rumbles a couple of time a day.There could be another big one in the offing, especially I feel if the sunspots were to come back in the nest couple of days. At the moment the plasma is shooting away from earth.

  7. Good poem! Deserves to be widely disseminated.

    As for footnotes, I think Basil Bunting set a good example: a great Modernist poem, with very down to earth footnotes, my favourite being (more or less, as I remember it):

    "Scone - to rhyme with "on"; not, for heaven's sake, "own".


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