This is a person who means very much to me, ….. we were introduced to each other many years ago, through the good offices of one of my cats, Kitty who would go missing in the summer when she found a favourite place in Mollie’s greenhouse lying on her seedlings…… ah what a cat she was, and what a lot of talk of marmalade and poetry and the meaning of life Mollie and I have shared, because of her …. welcoming the apparently random blessings of life…..
This is a poem we shared recently ….. chosen by Mollie from a book I was given by another dear woman friend – Jacqueline who I would love to draw…….
SEAMUS HEANEY …. THE BALER
All day the clunk of a baler
So taken for granted
It was evening before I came to
To what I was hearing
And missing: summer’s richest hours
As they had been to begin with,
And nearly rewarded enough
By the giddied-up race of a tractor
At the end of the day
Last-lapping a hayfield.
But what I also remembered
As woodpigeons sued at the edge
Of thirty gleaned acres
And I stood inhaling the cool
In a dusk eldorado
Of mighty cylindrical bales
Was Derek Hill’s saying,
The last time he sat at our table,
He could bear no longer to watch
The sun going down
And asking please to be put
With his back to the window.