Thursday 23 April 2015

T is for Thomas

T today brings you a poem from Edward Thomas. He was killed in the First World War and according to his wikipedia page he is considered a war poet, though little of his poetry concerns images of war. This poem comes from 'Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems' edited by Wendy Cope, a retired library book that I bought at a charity shop. I like it for its appreciation of the under-appreciated. 

Tall Nettles

Tall nettles cover up, as they have done
These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough
Long worn out, and the roller made of stone:
Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.

This corner of the farmyard I like most:
As well as any bloom upon a flower
I like the dust on the nettles, never lost
Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.

(Linking back to the A to Z challenge)


  1. Hi martine,
    I stopped by returning your visit to me at the faerie embassy and read some of your education thoughts- something that has been a big thing in our lives as both myself and my husband have long been opposed to it as the sole means of education. and quite frankly it is not doing that well for our young people. some of our girls did a mix of school staying home ( we called it home schooling ) a bit of correspondence etc. .what we did though was provide 'other' by offering lateral outside the box and a variety of learning experiences. you have gone so much further and I will share your stuff with the daughters who are now inquiring into education for their children coming into the world.
    lovely to connect with you on this challenge.

  2. Hi Sandra I am so glad to have provided some food for thought. Hope you are enjoying the A to Z challenge. I love the style of your posts, very poetic.


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