Richard George

Rookie (June 1,1965 / Cheltenham, U.K.)

The Wordscape Of Hertfordshire - Poem by Richard George

Conrad laid anchor
on the calm plateau sea
near the shipwreck of Someries Castle
where future Luton Airport planes
would screech in low to land:

GBS, young eighty-five,
leprechauned the emerald
leys round Ayot St.Lawrence
or boot-scrunched the stony track
to Codicote, and the Mimram.

Bunyan went from crypt
to crypt on the Chiltern fields -
Temple End, Witnesses Wood -
to save the inhabitants
of Cockernhoe and Bendish...

and Charles Lamb bought Button Snap
on the lane to the dead villages;
nettle-traps at Westmill Green,
the bulge of buried Wakeley
that informed him: matricide.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 30, 2005

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