Monthly Archives: November 2010

The late great Blackball bridge sonnets: xxiii.

Sonnet xxiii In the house of my body I carry that river. In the depths of my being I’m water. My body’s the home of a wandering miner too old to go down and too tired to go on. When … Continue reading

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Aircraft Carrier Deck Plans: Britain.

Aircraft Carrier Deck Plans: Britain. Firestone Tyre Company Kids’ Christmas Party 1955: a red-and-white plastic carrier with tiny grey planes you could pull off the deck, fighter cover, the eyes of the fleet. Illustrious (G.B.), one hangar, two centre lifts, … Continue reading

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His Pilgrimage: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618).

His Pilgrimage GIVE me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope’s true gage; And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage. Blood must … Continue reading

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The Pulley: George Herbert (1593-1632)

The Pulley WHEN God at first made Man, Having a glass of blessings standing by– Let us (said He) pour on him all we can; Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie, Contract into a span. So strength first made … Continue reading

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