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(11/8/2011 1:12:00 AM)
I've revised my poemhunter biography; now it's more personal, including memories from my childhood in apartheid South Africa. Warm wishes to you all.
(10/1/2007 12:46:00 PM)
Thank you Ernestine,
Though I Shoulder This Rain was written by me to a pattern I found in a poem by a local Yorkshire poet, Dorothy Nimmo... I wish I could lay my hands on her magnificent poem, so that the picture I have given could be complete. Thank you for answering,
with best wishes,
(9/20/2007 5:18:00 PM)
I found the interesting rhyme scheme for 'Though I Shoulder This Rain', in a poem by Dorothy Nimmo, the Settle poet who died a few years ago. (I live in Settle, Yorkshire.) Unfortunately I haven't got her poem to hand...
Though I Shoulder This Rain
Though I shoulder this rain like a pack,
I know a part of me will always be
in Johannesburg Transvaal, in Bellevue,
near the vagrant root of a flowering tree.
I know that part of me will always be
where purple jacarandas wash over the street -
with my brother feeding the pigeons, who with fencing wings
strut and bobble about his sandalled feet.
Where purple jacarandas wash over the street:
tender report of the popping flowers.
pressed by wheelers and walkers, the shouters, talkers
who pass under his balcony at all hours.
Tender report of the popping flowers.
Clickbang of lightning: my memories persist
vivid as the storm through England's drizzle.
They will stay with me as long as I exist.