IRENE NOEL-BAKER   Poet
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Artemis Poems (IV)
Departure
Dutiful Wife
Eros in Piccadilly
Erotisis (Question)
Facing Hydra
Fair Hermia
Homage to Sylvia Plath
Homewards
Jalousie
Letters Home (I)
Letters Home (II)
Letters Home (III)
Letters Home (IV)
Letters Home (V)
Marriage
Masquerade
Mystery
Old Flame
Old Photos
Parsifal
Parsifal II
Persephone to Demeter
The Church at Malaucene
The Music
Train Journey

 

Greek Translations

Άρτεμις IV
Μασκαράτα
Στο Τραίνο

 

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Changing the Story
River Work

Departure

The commerce between you and me has ended.
We had time to haggle
In the small, crowded office on the harbour.
Nothing was too much trouble, and
We exchanged some items of lasting value.

I can't tell you when exactly I knew
That we wouldn't make our fortune together;
It was a look in your eyes
I saw once as I took your hand
And, I remember,
The colour of the curtains in the room.

You knew, when you began it, about
The cruel abandonment
When a boat finally leaves
With all its treasures on board.

So don't look at me
With eyes that cut me to the quick.
I have other seas to travel.
I love to feel the fresh wind on my face
And my boat ploughing the waves.

Irene Noel-Baker (2009-12)