Friday, February 29, 2008

Poetry Friday - 1

So after an extended hiatus during which life and fiction writing overtook my brain so often that I didn't know Friday from Tuesday or up from down, I am back with Poetry Friday. I will endeavour to make a post every week, but I don't guarantee it !

This week, I've chosen W H Auden's "As I Walked Out One Evening". Here's a snippet:

As I Walked Out One Evening

"The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world."

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
"O let not Time deceive you
You cannot conquer Time."

In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss.

In headaches and in worry
Vaguely life leaks away,
And time will have his fancy
To-morrow or to-day.

Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.

The whole poem can be found here.

I've no clue who's on Poetry Friday round-up this week (haven't got that far !) but check Kelly H's Blog Big A, little a as she's usually got a list up there...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Earthquake !

Just in case anyone out there hears the news from the UK and wonders - yes I did experience the earthquake at 1 am today, but I was only shaken not stirred. It woke me up but I assumed it was simply the wind gusting about - being in an attic room on a very windy road (it should really be called Wind Tunnel Road!), I am quite used to feeling every buffet when the wind picks up as it has been doing the last couple of days. I heard what I half thought was someone running down the roof above my head, and though I was mostly asleep I knew that was mad - it was probably some tiles falling off the roof...

Anyway I live to tell the tale - for what it's worth !