Keith Johnson

(Cheshire, England)

Blue Remembrance


Housman was born in Bromsgrove 13 miles from Birmingham
And Tolkien grew up at Sarehole between Billesley and Spark Hill
Some 4 miles from the city centre.

Turning away from the forging and fettling, they looked west
To the memory assembled spires and farms
Of Shropshire and the distant Welsh Mountains.

There where the sun rose and the clouds rolled in
Were mythic plough boys summoned by bugles
And hobbits awaiting a rat-a-tat-tat.

And now Peter Jackson, who was born in Pukerua Bay
Has scoped a partly polystyrene, partly animated
Hopefully-soon-forgotten substitute here in New Zealand.

After all, talking about places, Janet Frame warns:
‘I do not remember these things
- they remember me.'

Submitted: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Topic(s): life


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Hobbits overwhelm New Zealand

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