Agreed. All that 'tidily' done landscape, seen as such, & then the outriders...
A narrator seeing but unseen there, too.
On 2012-05-19, at 12:05 AM, Sheila Murphy wrote:
> This is a lovely piece, Lawrence, and draws one to what you paint for us
> here (I agree with Chris - Hi, Chris!). Thank you! Sheila
> On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM, Chris Jones <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I hesitate to say this, but, I am finding these very English in a good
>> way, or perhaps a way I like. I haven't seen this coast but find myself
>> wanting to go... is this south west coast?? Maybe, I could make it there,
>> but not now. But I searched and found some photos.
>> On 19/05/12 04:32, Lawrence Upton wrote:
>>> The bulky slip for the revenuer's boat,
>>> here still, unused for its purpose now, steep,
>>> with a more salubrious paved landing place
>>> out to the left, a boat on there, angled.
>>> An extensive tumble of rock, weed-blackened,
>>> up to the height of another boat, on grass,
>>> upon a trolley, an inflatable,
>>> and then there's overgrowth of dense bramble
>>> right to the top of what is visible here.
>>> A concrete quay, atop and round the old,
>>> white markings for hoi polloi; and steel posts
>>> for chains to control crowds; parcels; packets
>>> to be collected; plastic sheets and sacks
>>> of various forms; all most tidily clean
>>> in a way suggesting work's getting done
>>> and life is being lived with good effort.
>>> A slightly rippling sea through burnishing light,
>>> scatterings of markers upon its moving shine,
>>> tethered rowing boats in scintillation
>>> up to the shrinking tombolo.
>>> of Scilly Whites near to The Gugh coast edge,
>>> cultivated plots outweighted by noise
>>> from others which have self-planted for years
>>> of being untended, unstraightened, left.
>>> [Scilly Whites are a type of daffodil]
>>> Lawrence Upton
>>> Visiting Fellow, Music Dept,
>>> Goldsmiths, University of London
>>> New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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