I follow a blog called A Poem a Day which gives me great pleasure. Now I share one of Siobahn’s choices which seems most appropriate today as warm summer rain falls all day here.
The Self-playing Instrument of Water – Alice Oswald
It is the story of the falling rain
To turn into a leaf and fall again
It is the secret of a summer shower
To steal the light and hide it in a flower
And every flower a tiny tributary
That from the ground flows green and momentary
Is one of water’s wishes and this tale
Hangs in a seed head smaller than my thumbnail
If only I a passerby could pass
As clear as water through a plume of grass
To find the sunlight hidden at the tip
Turning to seed a kind of lifting raindrip
Then I might know like water how to balance
The weight of hope against the light of patience
Water which is so raw so earthy-strong
And lurks in cast iron tanks and leaks along
Drawn under gravity towards my tongue
To cool and fill the pipe-work of this song
Which is the story of the falling rain
That rises to the light and falls again.
3 We dressed up in proper rain gear this afternoon as we wanted to visit The Dissenters’ Burial Ground in Falmouth which only opens three times a year. It was utterly fascinating and is maintained by two young men, Robert Nunn and Tom Weller, who discovered it, cleared it of its 5′ weeds, researched the history and who now share it with anyone interested. Please visit their website to find out so much more. Click on any photo in the gallery for a caption or more detail. We will have to go back to discover more. It was lovely to meet two people so passionate about their project.
August 17, 2020 at 11:15 am
I’ve just located the online sites re the dissenters burial ground – I was looking in Swanpool for my Hallamore great great great uncle, Sam Hallamore, (1775 – 1852), and wife Philippa, (1782 – 1869), now found them although no tombstone located! Next visit to Cornwall I need to visit this little cemetery, all I know is that they in the unconsecrated bit, whereever that might be – also want to get the Nunn / Weller 2014 / 5 books in due course, trust they still in print! Thanks for this valued data, Neil from South Africa by way of UK in 1969 + them fur angel BEASTS. firstname.lastname@example.org
July 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm
I find the burial grounds intriguing… I would wander around reading the stones…
July 13, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Thanks for the discovery of the Dissenters’ burial ground.
July 13, 2015 at 9:00 am
I love the view through the grounds. saving the link till later, my eye need a rest.
July 13, 2015 at 5:58 am
Fascinating… history is everywhere in England !
As are also are beautiful gardens and gorgeous flowers !!!
July 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm
I find that there’s something so comforting about visiting old graveyards. Lovely poem and photos.
July 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm
Lovely back garden!
July 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm
Thank you! 🙂