I’m waiting on starting a new job at the moment – I start a week today, and I’ve had a few weeks off. I was planning on reading shedloads of stuff. I’ve got a backlog of things to read, and even got more from the library to plough through. As it is I’ve only managed to finish reading Simon Armitage’s Walking Away.
This is the counterpoint to his journey through the Pennines, Walking Home, and it’s set along the south west coast. As I was reading it, I was hoping that it would mention some of the places that we stayed when on holiday last year, and lo and behold towards the end he did. He mentioned Godrevy beach, and what he has to say about it you will have to read yourself, but it chimes nicely with my recollection of the place,and it reminded me that I wrote this at the time.
Godrevy is home to the eponymous lighthouse of Virginia Woolf’s novel.
A warm front and back
as you emerge from
waves, waxy and surf shone.
Skipping over the sea’s wrought iron work
of spread out kelp and bladderwrack.
We can’t leap to the lighthouse off the coast,
A good eye reflecting back as we keep the wolf
from the door, and this to our self.
You take it from me on trust
that lichens are nature’s rust.
I have caught the sun
and hold it in my skin.
There is much to take from this
as keepsakes; we will pick up sticks and stones.
We will come back to this and then go on.
It will be good to be back at work soon, but it has been ace being off. I’ve even managed to get some more writing done. There are a few more poems that have been worked on from a pile of about 50, some were little more than a title and a line, and they now have some sort of skeleton to work with – one literally so.
The work in progress file has the following in various stages of completion..:
- Hands 2
- Captain’s Pond
- Hands Free
- Man Flu
- 20 year game of it
- Hospital Supplies
- Desire Lines
- Song of the Security Guard
- A Gift
- Middle of nowhere
- Superman’s Day Off
- Specialist Subjects On Mastermind
- Les Moliere, Sille De Guillame
- No Tools
- Pop Science
- White Plates
- Geography of Bread
- Beached whale that got blown up
- Mirror Maker
- The Long Stretch
- Dog End Star
- Dry Patch
- Utter Aerosols
- Plain Sailing
I’ve also submitted a poem to the brilliant Poetry By Numbers, but I need to write an intro, and then hopefully that can get out into the wild.
I’ll add that to the list then…