Treasure Island

Jason Palmer

(5 April 1971 / Huddersfield)

Coniston Peace

Outside an inn, one sits, with half a cider but

Feels full of Coniston peace

The lake, the duck riding the shore wave for fun, the sun glinting

The coffee and shower

Of a new b&b at mid day

The rushing idyllic river under the bridge

A warm inn with wood beams

These are the things a day should fill

Not the desk, the PC, the email.

Oh if we had heard Ruskin and neglected

MISTER Adam Smith

What an England we could have made

Can a middle way exist?

Is it one or the other?

Is it a nation of the TV minded workers?

Verses simple pleasures?

Did we pay too higher a price for a high pile of pins

Made in a day

Submitted: Thursday, December 11, 2008

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  • Jason Palmer (1/5/2009 5:02:00 AM)

    I am rather happy to have had this email, about this poem.

    : Dear Jason,

    Many thanks for sharing your poem with us. I guess just as you reflect, Ruskin saw both the world we were making and the world we were losing and feared for us being unable to keep the balance and that is why it hurt him so much. Your poem catches this so well.

    With all best wishes,


    Howard Hull

    Director, The Ruskin Foundation & The Brantwood Trust

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