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William Messent Poems
ROY G BIV
Old Newton in his darkened room refracting prism colours.
The Shipping Forecast (2012)
While sailing by beyond the fringe I caught a song by Ronald Binge, Heralding the Shipping Forecast - "Attention, all at sea! "
Listening to Bach
I crave the timeless peace and joy This music often brings To souls with whom the world would toy And run around in rings.
The Shipping Forecast
Six minutes to six. I'm ready for tea, The forecast for shipping - what is in store? My chair is a vessel far out on the sea, Rain, moderate or good, occasion'ly poor.
The Rape of the Countryside
Three thousand years I've rested here, Looking out across the plain, Watching over Dragon Hill, Many changes I have seen.
An Ancient Alchemy, Quaint combination:
Music in the Air
When life seems tough and full of care And things go wrong at every turn, Reach out, there's music in the air.
The gulled sky shrieks above a mournful sea; In the grey austerity, the wind moans. Like candyfloss, spun by the waves,
Hear the song of humpback whales Gathering in Hawaiian waters, Gathering for Cetacean opera, Male exclusive grand recital;
Steeply runs the path down Betjeman Lane, And swiftly flows the stream that's Letcombe Brook. We enter through a rusty wrought-iron gate Arriving at a secret sylvan scene,
She always loved chrysanthemums, my mum. Those long-lived strong proud stems, topped with blooms of vibrant colour,
The nights are long, the weather drear, An eastern wind blows cold and keen - This is the mean time of the year.
Sir John Betjeman (1906 - 1984)
In memoriam, Sir John Betjeman. He was a nature-loving gentle man, Anglican by faith, a genial fellow As bright and colourful as Piper's window,
You know, it's strange how much our sense of smell Associates itself with past events. The slightest whiff is all we need to dwell A hundred miles away or decades hence.
Comments about William Messent
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
ROY G BIV
in his darkened room
refracting prism colours.
hot sunset anger
passion for blood-red planet.
half-time citrus fruit
thirst quenching energy juice.
Yellow, coward -
ice bright sunlit mustard
dazzling rape field horizon.
rest in lime bright fields of grass.
Blue, cold jazz
a deep depression
across sea and sky so sad.
wise Portuguese plum
cool dusk-dyed star-spangled sky.
shy shady Spring flower
high terahertz ...