Ghosts and winter gardens

Dear Monty,

The garden wakes slowly. It looks good - has looked good throughout the winter. The balance seems right- the balance of evergreen to copper, brown and soft green.

My trip to heaven
Head on a pillow
Of soft green.

With Tudor England being in the minds of those who watch the BBC - with gardens of yews and barber poles - this coal tip garden could be Tudor - could be because my mind links now with childhood visits to Stratford on Avon - 'Comedy of Errors' and 'HenryV' - the wooden house of Shakespeare's birth and the forever beautiful Judi Dench.

Was the planting of poles in my garden a subconscious hark back to Tudor times ? No- it was just a device to draw the eye - now as it was then. There is nothing new under the sun.

Life expectancy in Tudor times was an average of 35 years. At 54 I would be an old man. The dusty oak interior the smell of wood and wood smoke still calls up a hidden memory of  lives lived richer but harder.


We fold our clothes at the end of the day
We fold up our lives in the woven fibres

We wear out shoes and elbows on pullovers
And we leave them behind like ghosts of ourselves

Here is the museum of my life
My socks tucked into a ball
My trousers folded on the chair
The books read
The paintings bought and made
The watch that marked the time that wore out both clothes and the body within them

Here is my life in words
A fragment of me.



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    1. Good point - another example of my over active imagination, my poles are actually laths painted black - only in some views and light are they obvious, but they provide a kind of balancing device for the eye - I suppose this is what my artists imagination was eluding to !

  2. Love seeing all those interiors, and your clothes, of course.

    1. Thank you Charles - I hope I have a bit longer to inhabit both clothes home and garden !


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