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Date: Jan 5 10:00 AM, 2012
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Thank you Bella ! smile



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Evening Captain

I enjoyed reading your little poem, well done you!worship.gif

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Thank you ladies ! smile



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Yay! Bravo Ross!

An insightful & tender perspective you have here.



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Bravo Ross! biggrin



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In memory of Winston Graham

 

Who could've thought

That mere coastguard duty

Could have possibly brought

On such literary beauty ?

 

Lost in a world

So utterly real,

Sea mists that swirl'd

Mid lives so surreal.

 

From Illugan to Sawle

Demelza and Ross,

He held us in thrall

For he was the boss.

 

Each page that was turned

New passions and feuds,

Yet still his thoughts churned

On future preludes.

 

With each touch of his pen

Or the typewriter key

He knew even then...

We would never be free.



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Date: Aug 23 10:36 AM, 2011
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Thanks Ross, I hope he liked it. He said sweet things, but of course, he was a sweet man.

I do, however, think he took it in the spirit it was intended, a poem about him from someone who adores his work. He was very gracious.



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Thank you Bella, you're very kind to say that. I do hope it made him smile.



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A thoughtful, lovely and heartfelt poem. I'm just as sure that WG shared the same feelings the first time he read it too.

Thanks so much Smollet.



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Absolutely beautiful Smollet. Winston would have loved your poem. It would have made him smile. It will be amongst his treasures somewhere.nod.gif

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 Some of you may remember that I recounted how I came to have in my possession the Pen that WG used to mark up a manuscript- I was VERY young, & had written a Poem entitled 'The Pen of Winston Graham' &, at the urging of friends, sent it to him. Mr Graham, being the lovely man that he was, replied with a hand written letter on Saville Club note paper. He was very generous in his compliments (bless him) and enclosed a green ink (my fave colour) pen. When it arrived, it had attached to it an apology from the postal service, due to it being damaged in transit. Its damaged, yes, but I treasure it.  

 I'd like to think that my writing has improved since then. I sincerely hope so anyhow, because  for some years now I've been writing scripts, songs etc for public performance & film etc but the poem I sent to WG will always be dear to my heart. Re reading it earlier, I blush at its floridity, and its irregular construction, and decided not to post it here. However as it has an interesting story I reconsidered, so, with apologies, here it is. Btw, pls dont anyone feel that they have to follow in the  far too generous footsteps of WG and praise it!!!!! I was nobbut a bairn...

 

The Pen of Winston Graham                

With black ink on white paper

You lift me up above the rest,

Of all the words in all the world,

You mesmerize me with the best.

 

The Pen of Winston Graham

Can warm me like a fire,

Send scorching comets hurtling through

The crowded place we call desire

While all the stars in Heaven

Sing of vast eternity 

His voice explodes with diamonds    

Cutting light and life, until Love bleeds

 

The Pen of Winston Graham

Can chill me like a blizzard

On the bleakest day of all

Alone and in the wilderness

Where no one hears my call,

Im wracked by fear, dont leave me here!

My battered hands are numb

I try to raise them to my ears,

Is that my heart or am I in The Valley of the Drums?

 

The Pen of Winston Graham

Can elate or can destroy

Where passion waves neath horses hooves

Come crashing through the void.

Where rainbows come to arch their backs

Above the tears in my minds eye

Unsettling me with tragedy,

The sun shines; you decide just who shall live and who shall die

 

And far across the skyline where none of us grow old

I ride on the wings of an albatross to steal the pirates gold

As feathers kiss the ocean another tale is told

The curtain tore, I thirst for more

Your footprints in the sand

 

The Pen of Winston Graham is

The magic wand of sorcery

Within The Masters hand,

The magic wand of sorcery

Within The Masters hand



-- Edited by Smollett on Monday 22nd of August 2011 09:05:28 AM

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If anyone has written or would like to dedicate a poem or poems in Winston Graham's memory please post them into this thread. Even if you've never written a poem before all contributions short or long are most welcome. I'm new to poetry as well but will try to make a start sometime today.

No need to be shy as it couldn't be in a better cause....

Ross smile

 



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