Mrs Millar's Blog June 2020Posted on 24th Jun 2020
As we start to enter a period of further easing to lockdown, I felt my blog this month should be one of reflection. I am not gifted with the skills of poetry or creative writing so have instead turned to the poet laureate, Simon Armitage. This poem was written at his family farm in West Yorkshire and he says he is asking us to think about taking things easy, being patient and trusting, and maybe to try come through this challenging period slightly wiser!
Lockdown by Simon Armitage
And I couldn’t escape the waking dream
of infected fleas
in the warp and weft of soggy cloth
by the tailor’s hearth
in ye olde Eyam.
Then couldn’t un-see
the Boundary Stone,
that cock-eyed dice with its six dark holes,
thimbles brimming with vinegar wine
purging the plagued coins.
Which brought to mind the sorry story
of Emmott Syddall and Rowland Torre,
star-crossed lovers on either side
of the quarantine line
whose wordless courtship spanned the river
till she came no longer.
But slept again,
and dreamt this time
of the exiled yaksha sending word
to his lost wife on a passing cloud,
a cloud that followed an earthly map
of camel trails and cattle tracks,
streams like necklaces,
fan-tailed peacocks, painted elephants,
of meadows and hedges,
bamboo forests and snow-hatted peaks,
the hieroglyphs of wide-winged cranes
and the glistening lotus flower after rain,
hypnotically see-through, rare,
the journey a ponderous one at times, long and slow
but necessarily so.
Stay safe everyone.