Clive Sansom

(21 June 1910 - 1981 / London)

Clive Sansom Poems

1. Mary Of Nazareth 11/17/2011
2. The Ladybird 11/17/2011
3. The Centurion 9/20/2010
4. The Carol Of Three 9/20/2010
5. Snowflakes 11/17/2011
6. Mice And Cat 11/17/2011
7. The Engine Driver 9/20/2010
8. The Innkeeper’s Wife 9/20/2010

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The Innkeeper’s Wife

I love this byre. Shadows are kindly here.
The light is flecked with travelling stars of dust,
So quiet it seems after the inn-clamour,
Scraping of fiddles and the stamping feet.
Only the cows, each in her patient box,
Turn their slow eyes, as we and the sunlight enter,
Their slowly rhythmic mouths.
‘That is the stall,
Carpenter. You see it’s too far gone
For patching or repatching. My husband made it,
And he’s been gone these dozen years and more…’

Strange how this lifeless thing, degraded wood
Split from the tree and nailed and crucified
To make a ...

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