I was on my way to Plymouth Hoe after finishing work for my proverbial cappuccino, feeling down on account of my wife leaving for Lithuania tomorrow. I noticed how the daffodils along the way had given way to the blossom, which is also beginning to give way to the bluebells – each following the other as though designed to keep our spirits up: a challenge for me at this time . A line of verse came into my head linking the two. Over my cappo, it developed into something more. I’d like to share it with you.

You went away at blossom time,
The daffs had had their day,
But blossom comes to fill the void,
Though, briefly does it stay.

And then the bluebells swarm about,
Its trillions fill the land,
Their fragrant scent in woodland parts,
Completes this godlike hand.

But I am sad beyond recall,
For you are gone from me,
With no set date for your return,
To help me in my grief.

I will endure and wait for you,
To do what you must do,
But beg you in that far off land,
To think on me and you.

About tomhmackenzie

Born Derek James Craig in 1939, I was stripped of my identity and renamed Thomas Humphreys in the Foundling Hospital's last intake of illegitimate children. After leaving the hospital at 15, I managed to find work in a Fleet Street press agency before being called up for National Service with the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars who were, at that time, engaged with the IRA in Northern Ireland. Following my spell in the Army, I sought out and located my biological parents at age 20. I then became Thomas Humphrey Mackenzie and formed the closest of relationships with my parents for the rest of their lives. All this formed the basis of my book, The Last Foundling (Pan Macmillan), which went on to become an international best seller.

Posted on April 22, 2022, in poetry, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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