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May.27.2012
A new poem for Pentecost     Like rippling silk, the elm Like Bridal Veil the birch The Groom is gone...the Groom is come! The altar flees the church   The Marriage Bond aspires to realms beyond closed doors A new vocabulary transcends Past syllogisms' laws   Like Eden's fruit...
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May.22.2012
As a small child, I lived in a poky cottage opposite a tall red brick wall which formed the curtilage of Georgian rectory, a classical house of pale stone, abandoned and fallen into ruin. The bricks glowed fire-red at sunset and, though pitted here and there, had a sheen you never see in modern...
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May.14.2012
  Healing is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature. W H Auden   It could be said that the industrial/agricultural revolution which lurched into motion in the late 18th century at the time the Berkeley Trilogy begins, is still an experiment in progress. Some might argue...
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Apr.23.2012
  Well, the bluebells haven't faded. In the woods of West Sussex, they haven't yet peaked. At least they hadn't yesterday, but they steal up on you so secretly with their gentle interior knowledge that nothing prepares you for the breathtaking spectacle when it smiles into being, silent as...
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Apr.13.2012
  and before the end of National Poetry Month... My first collection of poetry! Thought you might like to see the cover. A novice photographer (inspired by Jennifer Lyn King), I took this photo on a walk with El Springador (Jack) and am quite pleased with how the image has translated. Hope you...
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Apr.01.2012
    Poem for Palm Sunday from my first collection, The Twain, Poems of Earth and Ether    "For my yoke is easy and my burden light." Matt. 11:30   The air is fanned with feather fronds The ground is strewn with boughs A makeshift carpet tells the way And straightened path...
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Mar.29.2012
  This is my fourth blog on the subject of destiny in which I hand over to the wise, the learned and the distinguished. Here are links to posts one, two and three. It seems to me that the Somerset Maugham quote is the most generally applicable to the times we live in, the Marcus Aurelius...
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Mar.12.2012
  This is the third of four blogs about destiny. The first and second can be found here. There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny. Friedrich Schiller Authors are becoming accustomed to promoting their own wares. We're...
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Mar.05.2012
  Posted on the anniversary of the birth of Henry II, 1133, the first Plantagenet king of England, who enabled the building of Berkeley Castle, a major defence of the West of England, thus setting Robert Fitzhardinge, a good burgher of Bristol, and his descendants, on the road to status and...
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Feb.22.2012
    (unrevised poem written in 2009) It was the same date as today, Ash Wednesday of that year, An opaque sky heralded the bleak disciplines of Lent. Cremated palm leaves made soot as fine as stoneground cornsilk, Echoes of long-past hosannas Fading in the deadened air.   Metanoia...
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Feb.02.2012
  This is just to add a few thoughts to those of Jacqueline Winspear's post yesterday, where she describes how she appreciates Simon Schama's contribution to historical learning, but believes his opinion of Downton misguided. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/9022087...
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Jan.22.2012
      The pilcrow is a cryptic beastHis character uprightA sentinel whose measured stridesSuggest a blessed foresight. Observe him well and you will seePale Nemesis gives chaseYet hindsight's backward glance deletesThat scourge of random space. It's plain his purpose justifiesA...
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Jan.08.2012
    The caskets open Pandora's curse rescinded Hope flies free to roost under sullen earthly eaves blight itself entombed   Gold tells a new Reign signals a hidden Kingdom remedy for dark despair a mineral unalloyed day's bright pinnacle   Frankincense, honour aspirant breath...
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Jan.07.2012
  Most of my new year's resolutions have focused on re-ordering the week to make the best use of time. This is a flawed premise to begin with because we can't always make that judgment, only what we think is best. Every day is a tussle between the demands under our nose and the agenda we feel...
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Dec.28.2011
  On the Feast of the Holy Innocents... One view of the conflict in the Middle East from the THE TWAIN, Poems of Earth and Ether.   The Virgin Speaks We had to go a different way – I suppose it was to be expected – Taking the path that snakes down into EgyptAnd the rufous sands of our...
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