Flags, English Grammar and Brian Patten

11 Apr

Truro’s flags were flapping and fluttering in the breeze this afternoon.

Truro's flags

Truro’s flags

A good friend sent me this cartoon knowing how much I would appreciate it, having spent my career as an English teacher. Thank you H.

Of all the owls.....

We once saw Brian Patten reading his poems and this is among my favourites of his.

Sometimes it happens

And sometimes it happens that you are loved and then
You are not loved,
And love is past.
And whole days are lost and among them
A fountain empties itself into the grass.

And sometimes you want to speak to her and then
You do not want to speak,
Then the opportunity has passed.
Your dreams flare up, they suddenly vanish.

And also it happens that there is nowhere to go and then
There is somewhere to go,
Then you have bypassed.
And the years flare up and are gone,
Quicker than a minute.

So you have nothing.
You wonder if these things matter and then
As soon you begin to wonder if these things matter
They cease to matter,
And caring is past.
And a fountain empties itself into the grass.


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4 responses to “Flags, English Grammar and Brian Patten

  1. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    April 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    it never ceases to amaze me the way poets write such wonderful stories…

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 12, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I know! I am having lots of fun finding a poem for each day in April! 🙂

  2. anotherday2paradise

    April 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Such a wonderful poem. So ponderable. Love the owls. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Lovely isn’t it – and a situation most of us have been in at some time. 🙂


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