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Castle, Monkeys and John Clare

28 Jul

Walking home from town today, we suddenly caught an unusual view of Carn Brea Castle from just near our house.

Carn Brea Castle

Our Three Wise Monkeys are now in charge of a floriferous Begonia which was yellow when we bought it, changed to pink soon after and is now this lovely peachy colour.

Begonia

This morning on Radio 4, I heard this beautiful poem by John Clare being read but I missed the introduction so don’t know why it was chosen.  The summer has not been ‘beaming forth’ today as temperatures have plunged from 30C to 15C and the skies have stayed grey though the last many weeks past, we have had the most glorious sunshine.

Sonnet by John Clare

I love to see the summer beaming forth
And white wool sack clouds sailing to the north
I love to see the wild flowers come again
And mare blobs stain with gold the meadow drain
And water lillies whiten on the floods
Where reed clumps rustle like a wind shook wood
Where from her hiding place the Moor Hen pushes
And seeks her flag nest floating in bull rushes
I like the willow leaning half way o’er
The clear deep lake to stand upon its shore
I love the hay grass when the flower head swings
To summer winds and insects happy wings
That sport about the meadow the bright day
And see bright beetles in the clear lake play

Looking it up, I discovered that ‘mare blobs’ are marigolds – what a delightful name!

 

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2 responses to “Castle, Monkeys and John Clare

  1. John Roberts

    July 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Sally for the John Clare Poem. Beautiful. Lots of connections for myself and Marilyn here. John Clare, the ‘Northamptonshire Peasant Poet, although his birthplace, Helpston, is now in Cambridgeshire. Both our parents attended John Clare School, in Northampton, and we were both born in St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, formerly the Lunatic Asylum where Clare died.

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    • mybeautfulthings

      July 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      That’s really lovely to know. Thank you for telling me – it makes the poem have more meaning for me now too. 🙂

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