and in the shop…
“What Rita Tells Me”,
Dempsey & Windle
to sleep: I turn into it each night,
pull the billowing duvet around my limbs.
I, thirteen years old, in PE kit, took a last run,
bounced on the trampette and leap-frogged the buck.
At the very top, my strength failed.
In my dive, my fall, I felt
one moment of absolute fear and then
acceptance. It was complete and I was calm
when I hit the floor. This is how it must be
at the last breath, when we roll
in Wordsworth’s breaking waves on the constant sands,
from one life to the shores of another.
Here, I wake. Canary Wharf is a mirror of pink on the horizon
blazing into a new day.
…have sight of that immortal sea… And hear the mighty waters rolling evermore.
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,