Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Poem for the Poetry Bus

On the Death of Edwin Morgan

This morning the birds stopped singing
and the sun decided not to rise.
But his voice could never die:
it was heard to say
this will never do.
And at these words
normal service was resumed
(a tad reluctantly).

 The Bus this week is being driven by Chiccoreal.

19 comments:

AquaMarina said...

thanks for dropping by my blog Dominic, and I like your thoughts on Edwin Morgan
and by the way, you might be interested that Seamus Heaney is reading in Manchester university on 25 October, - after what you said about poetry bug I thought this might be a gig that would interest you...

Rachel Fenton said...

That's such a British poem. I find it very touching in an Alan Bennet sort of way.

Poet in Residence said...

pmrkgniaou as my cat would say, circling my legs, if I had a cat :)

Naturally, I've posted my Edwin Morgan tribute too, it's the item below my Poetry Bus Limerick.

Poet in Residence said...

Sorry, I meant it's two items below the Limerick. I'm either getting ahead of, or behind myself. I can't quite work that one out.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I think a lot more people have heard of him since he died - there has been such an outpouring of sorrow from so many sources.

The Bug said...

I, of course, hadn't heard of him (I'm a literary illiterate), but after reading his bio on wikipedia I see that he was a fascinating person. I LOVE your tribute to him.

Totalfeckineejit said...

I liked your curious poem, Dominic, and I mean curious in a good interesting way.It has good feeling to it.

I knew there was an Edwin Morgan poetry comp but had never otherwise heard of or read him.Weaver has reccomended a couple of poems so I will check them out.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everybody.

http://www.edwinmorgan.spl.org.uk/poems/at_eighty.html

jinksy said...

Thanks for the link - I shall now go and find out who Edwin Morgan was! Ignoramous that I am...

Titus said...

Oh, I like that Dominic.

Niamh B said...

Never heard of him, but this is the second tribute to him I've seen, and a very good one it is too - that insistant voice is well quoted, I think you get across a lot about the person in a very short space

Gwei Mui said...

I find it so sad that death has to be the spark that illuminates a life.
I love the irony that you have imbued your lines with

Dave King said...

Lovely. Just right for the challenge.

Doctor FTSE said...

I was fortunate enough to hear Edwin (Eddie) Morgan read his work when I lived in Scotland. A very droll man, and a lovely man, besides being a fine poet. Dominic's post makes a tribute as modest but effective as Eddie himself was.

Jeanne Iris said...

A lovely tribute to a renowned poet, Dominic.

Peter Goulding said...

I agree with Niamh - the succinctness works very well. (And I'd never heard of him either)

Karen said...

I like the humor here.

crazyfieldmouse said...

Don't know Edwin Morgan, though saw his death reported more than once. This is a lovely poignant tribute.
thanks for sharing
cfm

Argent said...

A wry, dry treasure.