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Poems

2022-04 April

Mostly on a Spring Theme…

Daffodils by Wordsworth

read by Rosemary

Spring by Rossetti

read by Rosemary

Liz Lochhead – Memory of School

read by Jean

Loveliest of Trees…

From ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by A. E Housman

Inversnaid – G M Hopkins

read by Tom O’Bedlam

Spring and Fall – G M Hopkins

read by Tom O’Bedlam

Poems for Spring

from Chester Cathedral – February 2021

Twelve Poems – 30 minutes

read by Tom Hiddleston


Young Lambs

by John Clare

The spring is coming by a many signs;

The trays are up, the hedges broken down,

That fenced the haystack, and the remnant shines

Like some old antique fragment weathered brown.

And where suns peep, in every sheltered place,

The little early buttercups unfold

A glittering star or two–till many trace

The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.

And then a little lamb bolts up behind

The hill and wags his tail to meet the yoe,

And then another, sheltered from the wind,

Lies all his length as dead–and lets me go

Close bye and never stirs but baking lies,

With legs stretched out as though he could not rise. 


I Watched a Blackbird 

by Thomas Hardy

I watched a blackbird on a budding sycamore

One Easter Day, when sap was stirring twigs to the core;

    I saw his tongue, and crocus-coloured bill

    Parting and closing as he turned his trill;

    Then he flew down, seized on a stem of hay,

And upped to where his building scheme was under way,

As if so sure a nest was never shaped on spray.

Spring by Billy Collins

read by Tricia

Browning – O To Be In…

read by Tricia

Hats Off to Hats

read by Tricia

When I Am An Old Woman

read by Pat

The Little Red Hen

read by Wyn

Warming My Pearls

read by Jean

Once I Was A Looker

Pam Ayres – read by Wyn

They Should Have Asked…

Written and read by Pam Ayres