Yes. I Remember

Jacopo Ligozzi (1547, Verona–1627, Florence)



Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Edward Thomas (March 1878 – April 1917)


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  1. So evocative. Have you ever read any Elizabeth Goudge?

    • It really is. The older I get, the more I am moved by memories of very plain moments. But what I can remember of the scents, and sights, and sounds of that plain moment make me ache keenly for whatever came together to allow me that experience.

      I certainly read Elizabeth Goudge—but so long ago, mid-childhood I guess. Her name first brought to mind “. . something . . From the Sea” and I thought that can’t be right: Other books have titles like that, The Bull from the Sea, Gift from the Sea—It was something Green Street.
      So –upon looking her up—I deduce that, though I don’t consciously remember it, I either read or heard of her book The Child From the Sea. But I definitely remember reading, and enjoying, Green Dolphin Street—though I don’t remember IT.
      What brought her to mind?

  2. So very, very beautiful, both poem and painting.

    • Thank you (I guess I accept credit as the gatherer of beautiful things). And I’m happy that you liked them too.
      They are, aren’t they? So many centuries apart, and not any of the varieties mentioned in the poem, but the valerian seems also to be leaning wistfully.

  3. If I may chime in here: “Gift From the Sea” is a book by Ann Morrow Lindbergh that inspired many readers. She would have loved your site. As do I. Thank you for such beauty.

    • What a really, really kind thing to say.
      Yes, it seems to me that her book was everywhere at some point when I was in school: They must have been reading it in every class or grade except mine. But I’m afraid I only barely dipped into it once or twice (I was perverse–If it was being done, I’d just as soon not)
      I’m also glad you say that because it reminds me that Of Course I should read it all, now more than ever.
      Thank you.

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