Some Readers have kindly asked after my health. I am fine, putting all thoughts of prostate cancer out of my mind (most of the time) and enjoying each day as it comes. Apart from having to rest a lot, I am determined to carry on as usual and see the cancer as a temporary nuisance, nothing more. It’s like fighting an enemy. Run away from the battle and it has won. Today's poem relates to a particular childhood memory; happy memories can be excellent weapons against any forces threatening to bring us down. [It was originally centred on the page, but the blog template will no longer let me do this.]
I have now posted all four ‘Brighton in May’ videos on You Tube. You should be able to access them from my YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/rogerNtaber] but for the readers who have said the link does not work, here are the direct links:
(Brighton in May 1 - Peace - Three poems)
(Brighton in May 2 – The Time Keeper)
(Brighton in May 3 – Millions Like Us & Lasting Impressions)
(Brighton in May 4 - Shell Seekers)
This poem has not appeared o the blog since 2008, and is repeated today especially for Rafael and Angelina who are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary today. Congratulations to you both and may the years ahead by as happy as those behind you.
I love trees. We should take greater care of them. An inspiration to poets they may well be, but, more importantly, they protect the planet. Every tree felled is potential death blow to us all.
would have stayed even,
talking to each other;
[Note: This poem has been slightly revised from an earlier version that appears in 1st eds. of A Feeling For The Quickness Of Time by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2005; 2nd ed. in preparation. NB. 2nd eds. of my poetry titles will not be available until after 2015. In the meantime, signed 1st eds. are available direct from me at a generous blog discount; this also applies to overseas readers, especially as my poetry books are only on sale in the UK. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Blog reader’ in the subject field.]