It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve had the enormous privilege of speaking at the 150th Anniversary Festival Service for my old college, Girton. It was such a special service, and the choir filled the red brick chapel with marvelous sound. How good to celebrate 150 years since the college’s small beginnings – the small beginnings of women’s higher education in this country. It was so good to be able to contribute to a diverse and joyful weekend. A huge thank you to Malcolm Guite for inviting me to speak.
What with that, and this – this, and that, I have rather lost my daily rhythm of writing, and today I thought I would try again. Just to sit with a notebook and begin, and see where my pencil took me.
It didn’t take me very far at all. It kept me right where I am.
Today, July 17th
Today is a day of butterflies –
white against the deep greens,
tumbling over the lavender –
Today the hard nubs of
apples wait for their
and the last of the buttercups
Tomorrow, and yesterday,
yesterday, and tomorrow,
Today, is a day for hollyhocks,
frilled and pastel,
full of large fat bees,
while the young newts
hide there, under the red
and the sky turns white,
and the swifts fly high,
and my eyes fill with
It is enough.
2 thoughts on “Poem – Today, July 19th”
Beautiful images,with lovely cadences as I read your latest poem today.
Thank you for sharing it with me
Thank you Howard, I am so glad you like it.