Back in Tōhoku

Back in Tōhoku sonnet poems

The BBC Philharmonic played Nimrod,
Enigma Variations, and explained
this is for your loved ones, we remember:
and the music was like a great, great wave.

A musician said – looking on their faces,
it was important to keep yourself in check,
to hold back the tears and – she added –
this was not the music of destruction

but continued life; the audience needed
hope and understanding in the beauty
and the power of the world – and it seemed
very like that as she spoke and Nimrod

rode up on that ravaged shore of old Japan
and carried the audience clean of pain.

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Having moved along from prose I have been writing poems for a few years now, trying different forms - gaining and failing (see Sonnets) - trying to match mind and soul on the page: it was never going to be easy. The best writing is generally poetry, the worst too. So, we work on it.
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Verse as rich in content as this is a rare finding @dominic-james and we will treasure this as such..how many know of Elgar’s Enigma variations or of the legend of Nimrod..So proud to be able to publish this on Hop!

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