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The miracle

Thy love, my God, the eternal spring, the source of hope – the inexhaustible well. The ¬†purple crocus blooms imperial; from the cold winter earth it bursts, my God, resplendent into Thy light. To witness the birth of an unfolding … Continue reading

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Presence …

                At Tintern, within the gaunt tracery of stone, the flames of Faith still burn – winged fire of praise and prayer permeates. The monks intone.

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The Christmas Present …

A holy child is sleeping; born beneath an eastern star; the promised one, the saviour, The Messiah. No silken canopies enfold this royal cradle; no rich accoutrements adorn His birthplace – in this lowly stable where He lies – the … Continue reading

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November song …

I lie awake; white moonlight floods the night. From the ash tree a tawny owl calls repetitively. His unmistakeable notes haunt the cold air. I await an answering response; her softer song, call and reply – that autumnal antiphon.

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In the formal garden …

In the formal garden a curvilinear fountain controls the water flow; confined by the sharp geometry of a pool rippling liquid stills. Languid fish glow golden beneath their unruffled sky swimming in silence among reflected clouds .. Beyond the grey … Continue reading

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In the temple of the woods …

In the temple of the woods snowdrops, with meek submission, bow their heads in pure white hoods in homage to their lord, the sun .. In slow procession, these acolytes with green-tipped hems; vestal virgins of the Spring, hold aloft … Continue reading

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Into the heart of Spring …

Into the heart of Spring I gaze; into the mysterious centre .. this tender-seeming plant, defying storms and rain; offers to the fitful sun its pale petals of perfection .. another Winter; another Spring; the lengthening of the days; the … Continue reading

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What is beauty? …

What is beauty? Beneath a threatening sky jade green is the sea; the tide is racing in … A silver-sheened redoubt of rock, white furrows of waves encroaching; the limpid lakes; the sea-urchin hollows. The majesty of winter in the … Continue reading

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Storm clouds …

Dark brood the clouds over the sea; shadows of foreboding sweep inshore. Sharp rain in the wind, a deserted beach; colours drained away, night now in the day .. no ships on the horizon, no birds on the wing the … Continue reading

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To Coleridge …

Let the spirit of Coleridge prevail: Resilience in distress; Honest dissection of unhappiness. Strike the flint of dejection; Make the bright flame flare. Defy the dark Muse: Illuminate ; enthuse. Through chasms profound envision light: Lead, Poet, Lead … Along … Continue reading

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