ON PRINCE’S GREEN

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 25th May 2006, 00:00

She left the beach to play
a dancing game around
the drinking fountain – stood
on tip-toe, chin to bowl,
her child’s body, in
its swim-suit, nymphal, poised
enquiringly, at odds
and yet affinitive,
in ruched and emerald
costume, to that new paint
which gleamed, dark green and white,
from pillars, pedestal,
ornate cast-iron roof,
that stand there, relics of
Victoria’s reign, disused,
but happily preserved
for childhood’s ploys – those rites
which innocence adorns
and briefly brings to us
who watch a glimpse of what
our lives once were, and now
can never be.

 

From The Hounds of Cridmore and Other Isle of Wight Poems, a book of Mr Hudson’s poetry with many illustrations by Heather Cobb.

 

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.

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