PAX ROMANA

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, 28th June 2006, 00:00

Across the road, where once in meadowland
some eighty years ago I wandered, free
to gather mushrooms – seek the egg-filled nests –
for tadpoles scan and dredge a reed-framed pond –
in Autumn there to pick the ripened nodes –
there rises now a mass of concrete, steel,
and opaque glass, where Science has its day:
dull architecture where the lark in song
epitomised the mood of youth below.
Exulting bird, and happy boy – alas,
how long ago!
I turn about: the view presents a church,
Prince Albert’s own, in sloping fields that meet
Medina’s flow. My eyes, exploring, reach
the downs, beyond which Brading lies and keeps,
in tesserae, its relic of a cultured past.
Myself a relic, I just stand and dream,
and musing there salute the Second Legion.

 

From Kairos – Selected Poems No 1, a book of Mr Hudson’s poetry.

 

Kairos means “opportune moment”.

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.
This work may not be reproduced without prior permission of the author.

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