Biography of Patrick Ladbrooke
I began to discover literature, including poetry just 3 years ago at the age of 57, after spending my whole career as a chemist. I have written some short stories and poems since, some of which have been published, but only in places that will publish anything. It's a hobby really (he says, wishing he could make a success of it!) .
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Patrick Ladbrooke Poems
Abbey Ruin (St Benets Abbey, Norfolk)
Tall the abbey tower, Now with no bell to call Through a perfect arch to nowhere, But a crumbling abbey wall.
Ahead, in rain, the morning surges With brake lights on the dual carriageway; Around a slight curve traffic crushes Yellow blinking to the outside lane.
Colours Of Love, Passing
No black is blacker than the darkest night, Without star or moon, Or guiding light, Of love.
A Navy Man
A stranger he will be The sailor home from sea, To child left in the womb An infant now he's home.
The Kissing Gate
There is a five bar gate, white, by a woodland track where, half a century back, we talked till evening late.
The Conker Tree
When I last walked down this lane I was just a boy Short trousered and muddy kneed. The puddles were much deeper then
I tread the leaves, Which rustling, fly; Life's steps I've gladly taken Blackened lie,
Orange lines of sodium Beckon through the mist, Lanes flowing, slowing, Climbing up to Saddleworth.
Chasing Silver Darlings
When autumn came, the sea would swell With the harvest to deliver, And the air was filled with herring smell, From quays along the river.
I remember nights of roaring surf, The long rods nodding with the pull, Watching in the hiss and glare of pressure lamps, Waiting with my father, for the fish to run.
The pain of pride and ache to cry, For those old soldiers, marching by, Now fragile in their marching pride, Whose age worn faces cannot hide
The places where we once met Once loved In love, Stand empty, desolated.
A place of beauty, So it seemed, But I shivered I realised,
These useless hands That once could sharply fret And stretch and bend and hammer on And play all round the note,
The Furrow Followed
A'rear the Suffolks' sure foot gait
And sturdy flank of silent muscle power,
Shining steel of ploughshare cuts a wake,
With scent of earth turned, new and clean,
All held by skills that keep straight
With every corner matched in perfect line,
For the gathered gulls to glean.
And as the father cut the furrow, so does son,