Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poems in the Waiting Room

I've been to the doctor's this morning. Nothing serious - all routine - but I was happy to find a new copy of a little leaflet that's available there. Happy to find a leaflet in the doctor's?  What's it about?

Well - it's a triple fold card called "Poems in the Waiting Room" that offers a selection of poetry you can read while you wait and can take home with you.  I always pick one up when I see one and often find some excellent new poems as well as some old favourites.

Check them out here if you would like to know more.

And here's a choice from the current selection:
Madonna of the Evening Flowers
All day long I have been working,
Now I am tired.
I call: "Where are you?"
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind.
The house is very quiet,
The sun shines in on your books,
On your scissors and thimble just put down,
But you are not there.
Suddenly I am lonely;
Where are you?
I go about searching.

Then I see you,
Standing under a spire of pale blue larkspur,
With a basket of roses on your arm.
You are cool, like silver,
And you smile.
I think the Canterbury bells are playing little tunes.

You tell me that the peonies need spraying,
That the columbines have overrun all bounds,
That the pyrus japonica should be cut back and rounded.
You tell me these things.
But I look at you, heart of silver,
White heart-flame of polished silver,
Burning beneath the blue steeples of the larkspur,
And I long to kneel instantly at your feet,
While all about us peal the loud,
sweet Te Deums of the Canterbury bells.
Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

(Sorry - I don't have any photos of larkspur.)


Jarmara Falconer said...

What a lovely idea! I remember years ago in London they had poems on the buses and on the underground... It was lovely to read a short verse than graffiti, though saying that some can be quite clever.

Sandra Davies said...

Indeed - brilliant idea - one of our GPs makes herself responsible for decent pictures but I haven't noticed poetry.
And, Jarmara, one of the poems on the underground was instrumental in tying together a number of ideas that I was playing with for my degree show, so I have a soft spot for that too.

Ellie Garratt said...

What a wonderful idea. I might have to suggest it to my doctor's surgery when I'm there tomorrow.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi AJ .. what a brilliant idea .. so simple, yet could be so inspiring, comforting and helpful to many patients, or carers ..

thanks for sharing with us - cheers Hilary