IRENE NOEL-BAKER   Poet
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Poetry

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

 

Related pages

Changing the Story
River Work

Letters Home (II)

We are searching
(I and the memory of you)
For the lost glade
Where we lay and read
Years ago now, and felt
One another's heartbeat
Like the movement of the earth.

I tore my way through thickets
Where the oak trees were
Swathed in undergrowth
In the gloom of the forest.

You and I had wondered there
Searching for the little river
That ran at the bottom of the cut.
But too late. It was the
Wind whispering in the trees that
Had sounded like water
And we, trapped in thorns,
Had to turn back.

Till we found a break in the trees
And fell on the ground
Breathing the smell of pine
Resting on the sky
And the high-topped trees
And the sound of the thrush
And the whispering brook
Of the oak trees, rustling.

Irene Noel-Baker (2009-12)