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The Other Life

Posted by Simon Parke, 03 December 2014, 5.28am

My poem of the week is by Anthony Wilson, a contemporary poet, writing tutor and senior lecturer at Exeter University…amongst other things.

For me, these are wonderful words about longing, about coming home, about a life other than what is…

The Other Life

in memory, Emily Riall


I want to wake up in a house
where the ghosts have recently departed,

persuaded to leave by prayer
infused with wordless singing,

its roomy silences punctuated
by waves and far-off bells.

I want to visit a village,
its market infecting the alleyways

with tables groaning with cheeses,
gossip and outdoor coffee,

where they call me my childhood nickname;
may I know and taste the air there,

a whiff of salt and apples
a backnote of conker and dog;

and may it be endlessly Saturday,
the bonfires yet to start drifting towards the blue.

For more, anthonywilsonpoetry.com

 
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