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“The best season of your life”

In celebration of National Poetry Day 2016, here is a wonderful short poem which captures beautifully the joy of living in the present and noticing all that is around us.

10,000 by Wu Men

Ten thousand flowers in spring,

the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer,

snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded

by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.


Island Hopping

Oh my dears, I have a gem for you today.  Take a look at this wonderful short film, which adds pictures and music to a reading of Rachel Field’s poem ‘If Once You Have Slept On An Island’.

Director and producer Alistair Corbett has created the most beautiful footage – a perfect match of audio and visual.

Hub and I adore island hopping in Scotland.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of being on one of our remote and entrancing outposts.   Rachel Field captures this emotion so movingly in her poem, which is hypnotically enhanced by Corbett’s setting.


“Begin Afresh….”

I have some gorgeous poetry for you today.

Take a look at this wonderful BBC-commissioned animation of Philip Larkin’s poem “The Trees”.  A perfect marriage between the spoken word and accompanying imagery.

If you are outside the UK, you should be able to access this via the BBC’s Britain site.

And here, if you fancy more Larkin, is an edition of the BBC’s South Bank Show featuring the man himself.

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