There are some things a poet cannot accept

Thank you Jim for these beautiful honest thoughts.

Tallis Steelyard

There are times when a poet must make a stand and say, β€œThis has happened without my cognisance and I will not accept it!” Today has not been the best of days. Today I got a note from a patron. Common enough, especially from her, as she was always quick to praise, swift to encourage. But today the note had a bitter flavour. She was sitting awaiting death. A week? Longer?

And what can a poet do? A poet can protest, a poet can stand tall and say firmly that this will not do. A poet can bang the table with his wine glass obvious of the fact it has shattered and the pieces lie glistening but incoherent, shards of dreams never now to be dreamt.

Others have known Sue for longer than I, others will doubtless feel the grief more keenly, will mourn longer, but my job as a…

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beth
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 13:50:44

    ❀

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  2. Maggie
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 14:14:04

    I read Jim’s post earlier this morning. It is such a day of tremendous loss felt throughout our community and I know this has touched you deeply. She will be missed. How blessed she left us with such treasures.

    Reply

  3. jwebster2
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 15:15:13

    When everything has been said, silence is still a worthy tribute

    Reply

  4. Ritu
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 15:56:19

    πŸ’œπŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜’

    Reply

  5. Miriam Hurdle
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 17:00:57

    Hi Willow, did you follow me on Strava? I didn’t know your last name. If it’s you, I’ll follow back. Hooray for the connection!!

    Reply

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