Friday, 16 May 2014

On Finding The Grave of Sir John Betjeman

Someone's just
walked
over her grave

the sky lowers
gets pricked
on the spires

the tides
reach the
fisherman's knees

cast
and casts
again

lych-gate
shadows cool
the long grass



he's buried
somewhere
round here

by here she means
the entire rocky
sombre county

I look up
and there
he is

gunmetal tomb
reveals an arch
that leads into the earth



as we cast
and cast
again



5 comments:

  1. A grave, er brave bit of sepulchral sleuthing.

    The shadow cast by a lych gate, what could be more atmospherically gloomy, one is tempted to ask.

    Coincidentally, as the subject of solvent abuse has been hovering above many a graveyard in recent days, and as it seems there is no one more engaged in the construction of scale model lych gates than the sepulchral-voiced poster who calls himself Solvent Abuse, this might perhaps be of interest.

    (And a fine little lych gate it is... though when the wee doors accidentally swing open to reveal the strategically placed word "Samsung", that old childhood fear of Product Placement rears its hoary head.)

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  2. Thank you, Red.

    Tom, yes indeed. I think she'll serve the farm well. I can see why the corporate giants would want to get in on the act.

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  3. Solvent Abuse sounds as if he's one of ours by the accent.

    It looks a pretty grave (but I like the poem better). Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you WB. Yes, I think you're right about the accent.

      PS - Love the new profile pic.

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