Thank you to all readers, followers, supporters, friends, relatives and rabbits who read my lil ole blog from time to time. I hope you all have a very happy year ahead, reading, writing and staying well (despite the fearful politics that may make this difficult for some or all). It sure has been an eventful year for everyone but that is what time brings…events!
Here is a wonderful artefact to show you:
A poem by Tom Sastry
Before entering 2017
Whatever you love, be honest.
If it is your family, more than the world
do not be ashamed.
If it is your cat
or the smother of the morning bed
or a certain goal scored at Wembley in the 1970s
have no regrets.
Be proud of your love.
Bring it to mind. Bring it to the front
ahead of all other concerns.
It is hard to do but not impossible.
Hold it, as literally as you can, in your hands.
It is touching you. Touch it back.
You need to get it out of the country.
You need to preserve it.
Write it, draw it, pickle it, cure it
freeze it, hide it, bury it,
put it in a bottle,
tell it to a friend,
carry it in the hollow sole of an old shoe
to wherever it will be safe.
And when hope has bolted
into the deepest cave of your belly
hiding from all the temporary things,
the memory of your love will have a form
and you can summon it –
when its lightness feels like an insult,
when you need it most.
Thank you, Tom Sastry. Hope you won’t mind but it’s perfection is all.