Monday, December 24, 2018

Hope and love

Things are tough out there, aren't they? Stormy, scary, poisonous, and desperate. 

But let's not give up on hope. Hope and love.

Everything Is Going to Be All Right

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.
The poems flow from the hand unbidden
and the hidden source is the watchful heart.
The sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.

Derek Mahon

from New Collected Poems (2011), published here by kind permission of The Gallery Press

The dawns below were captured by Mick Oxley this autumn and winter. Mick lives in Craster on the Northumberland coast and generously shares the view from his window every morning on Twitter under the handle @SeaSkyCraster

by Mick Oxley, shared with kind permission

by Mick Oxley, shared with kind permission

by Mick Oxley, shared with kind permission

by Mick Oxley, shared with kind permission

from my bedroom window

Thank you for staying with me throughout the year, dear friends. I hope you have the kind of Christmas you wish for. At Hepworth Towers this year it's ON, so I can't stick around here sharing poetry and dawns no matter how much I love you, because Perks must be about it.*

Happy Christmas!

*the Readers' Rosette goes to the first one who tells me the origin of the quote. 


Unknown said...

David Copperfield?

Susanna Tayler said...

The Railway Children? Lovely Bernard Cribbins as Perks in the film.

Sue Hepworth said...

Yes., Susanna wins the Readers’ Rosette! Happy Christmas, Susannah.


Anonymous said...

Wrote this twice on my windows phone but couldn't get past the vetting process ( - my son tells me its using internet explorer which is slowly becoming defunct! time for a new phone but I love the camera) - anyway, a couple of days later - now on my laptop : My husband is still a little bit in love with Jenny Agutter - earlier this year he stood on Oakworth station saying "My daddy, My daddy" with a tear in his eye. I think our children can quote from most of the film we have watched it so frequently when they were small. For my husband, as well as his pin up girl, it has steam trains - win win. Happy Boxing Day Jenetta

Sue Hepworth said...

Dave and I watched the film again this week. There is something very special about Jenny Agutter. She is luminous. When I watched Call the Midwife I developed a crush on her as Sister Julienne..
Happy Bixing Day, Jenetta! xx