John Clare’s Tomb, and another.

claretombJohn Clare’s tomb here, as photographed on a dull morning in September.  Not seen clearly in this photo are the words on this side:   ‘ a poet is born not made’.

I took this ‘snap’ as the grey turned to raindrops.  The rain started to get heavier so I scurried from his grave, close to the wall of the church, along the path to the small gate near the corner of church grounds.  The heavy drops of rain suddenly stopped as I was a  couple of metres from the gate and the sun dramatically reappeared behind  me and lit the little corner in the picture below.  This picture does not do justice to the arresting beauty of that moment for me but I will always have that little journey, from one known grave to an overgrown, uknown one that was suddenly centre-stage.  Ironic or expected?  The man or the poetry?   I like to think Clare would have been pleased to be remembered, and read after all these years but may well be just as happy to see the sun shine through the trees and ivy and rousing the insects.sunny grave


Author: poetryparc2

Here goes: I read poets and around poetry and any other book I take a fancy to. I seem to have a preference for seeing the changes from the Victorian period through to the 1930's, maybe 50's. But, and a big but, I also read anything right up to current poetry/performance poetry. Sometimes my ‘historic’ preference for 'imagist' and ‘Nature' unnerves me for too much too modern. However, I do like to range over poetry and fiction, any and all periods. I also like finding (if only for me) regional or partly forgotten poems and poets. Maybe all this is too eclectic to have a themed 'Blog' but so be it....... I also write fiction that might add up to a small mole-hill one day. Plus reviewing new or old books that are relevant to my enthusiasms of Crime Fiction, the Arts, Natural History and Special Education. This is on 'wordparc'. I try to record honestly what I think but if something is too bad (to my mind, others may love it!!) then I will not 'blog'. I buy or borrow to read and review. If there is a click-through it is meant to be useful though ‘wordery’ might give me a small % at no cost to you. There, what's that if not seemingly random!

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