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Barrys' poems - THE VANDAL - Carers UK Forum

Barrys' poems - THE VANDAL

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THE VANDAL

Someone has been tearing up the autumn,
Its ripped leaves ripple across the road
Flip like hinged cards in the moist grass.
The rain-varnished houses vanish in smoke.
Drift on the air like blown-out breath in gusts:
So we forget frog-ponds and nut-gatherers,
Remember instead that weather's for us
Who know well its intentions,wind-keen
Intense as the first frost hardening
Stubble grass to a tacky ice-blanket.
Listen! In bed we hear the swollen trees totter,
Dropsical-limbed,murmuring outside the window
Like Catherine's insistent ghost voice
"Let me in,Let me in!"
BARRY TEBB
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Leeds part 1
O my beloved city,
How many times have I deserted you
For the sights and sounds of Babylon?
How ofen and from how far
Have I conjured your broad bouleverards
O quartier Latin,crowded street cafes
With white and scarlet awnings,gold
Adornings on stone cupolas,Byzantine domes
And plinths of equine statuary before
The Gare du Nord,grumbling fading
Faience of the Gare de l'Est?
Ofen,O how often did I mingle with your crowds
Crossing the Pont Mirabeau in their Sunday best,
Regretting my lost loves,watching the barges
Snail along the Seine,hearing the bells
Of the Angelus dawn?