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A Non-Easter Easter poem

For everyone, but especially oursin *

Oxford: A Spring Day

The air shines with a mild magnificence...
Leaves, voices, glitterings... and there is also water
Winding in easy ways among much green expanse,

Or lying flat, in small floods, on the grass;
Water which in its widespread crystal holds the whole soft song
Of this swift tremulous instant of rebirth and peace.

Tremulous - yet, beneath how deep its root!
Timelessness of an afternoon! Air's gems, the wall's bland grey,
Slim spires, hope-coloured fields: these belong to no date.

David Gascoyne

*whose post this morning sent me scurrying to find something that expresses spring and timelessness and humanity.  I think this does; there's also a personal connection, which she knows, as do some others of you.




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countrygardener
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind I think I'll post this on my page too. It seems to so well suit the day.
intertext
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
please do! I love it, and I was pleased to find something that I loved, because so much of his work is so ... inaccessible.
countrygardener
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
as, in my experience at least, was he.
intertext
Apr. 7th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky, then, because I have good memories of him. Maybe being a girl? Also perhaps the timing was right.
oursin
Apr. 7th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Water which in its widespread crystal holds the whole soft song
Of this swift tremulous instant of rebirth and peace.


Oh, yes.
Thank you.
intertext
Apr. 7th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it.
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intertext
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
My uncle :)
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