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In 2008 four long-serving teachers – with getting on for a century of service between them – took their retirement.   I wrote poems to commemorate them all but never shared them.   The titles are their initials.

 

 

 

                                                                                              KK

                                                                                 on the topmost branch
                                                                                 lurching occasionally
                                                                                 from side to side

                                                                                 the blackbird sang its
                                                                                 various innovative
                                                                                 songs

                KS

       on the endless voyage
       the amphora
       leaned forward
       then back always
       with graceful
       lip and glazed
       blue detail
       amid the creaks
       and lurches

                                                                                              SG

                                                                                 pages and pages
                                                                                 of data and document
                                                                                 but always the one
                                                                                 exquisitely-embroidered
                                                                                              fan

                SG

       they painted the walls
       blue and grey and red
       but they always remained
       walls

 

 

 

————w(O)rmholes________________________________|—–

blackbird wormhole: the breath of London
blue & grey wormhole: midnight
branches wormhole: Is There / Life on Mars?
red wormhole: ‘turning into …’
sea wormhole: 1964 – open window
teaching & teaching craft wormhole: Struck
walls wormhole: ‘with delight …’

 

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