Fleur Adcock

Mrs Baldwin - Poem by Fleur Adcock

And then there's the one about the old woman
who very apologetically asks the way
to Church Lane, adding 'I ought to know:
I've lived there since the war'. So you go with her.

This comes with variations, usually leading
(via a list of demented ancestors)
to calculations of how much time you've got
before you're asking the way to your own house.

But it's not so often that you find the one
about how, whenever you hear of someone
diagnosed with cancer, you have to hide
that muffled pang that clutched you, at fifteen,
when you saw Pauline Edwards holding hands
with the boy from the Social Club you'd always

Comments about Mrs Baldwin by Fleur Adcock

  • Gold Star - 14,202 Points Susan Williams (11/12/2015 4:24:00 PM)

    This is an intriguing style and I think it carries the message perfectly (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 14,868 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (11/12/2015 8:19:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem with lucid flow of emotions even when one is in great paid by some tragic observations. Thanks for sharing.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,008 Points * Sunprincess * (11/12/2015 8:01:00 AM)

    ....a nice write, sometimes things like this happens ★ (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,015 Points Neran Sati (11/12/2015 4:52:00 AM)

    Subtle lucid description of inner subreminiscence when in certain relation, as in other love poem, unfortunately just two on PH, thanks! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

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