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Cicily Elenor Bäckström
2012-05-01 15:32   Kommentera »
MY LITTLE COTTAGE, painting by Cicily Elenor Bäckström, Sweden. THE ROAD HOME, poem by Aeronwy Thomas, Uk
(copyright of the artist)
LINK: www.svenskakonstnarer.se/galleri/cicily8

THE ROAD HOME
The way home is long
The cliffwalk lengthens
From home to seatown
And back again.
In dreams, I wander slowly
The heron still there
Regal on one leg
Surveying the estuary
And I stop to see
Streamlets of water
Snake
Over the sand-blown banks.
Light-footed in recollection,
I tackle the slope
There’s something
Worth running for
And come across the shed
Painted royal blue
It hasn’t changed
In wayward memory.
…………………..
And here I am today
Labouring up the hill
Looking for the familiar outline
Through the trees
The grass green door
Not the way it was
Before
And through the porthole
I can see the branches
Tapping the windows
My father there
Working at the table
Writing and muttering
Watching the tides
His life on the turn
Putting into poems
Terns, gulls, killyduckers
Flying over the bay
I look again with his eyes
Alight
The pages turn
Before the last climb
To my home
Along the pathway
Down the steps
To the Boat House
Which has not moved
In my absence.
It is a long road.

AERONWY THOMAS



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