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An afternoon with TS Elliott

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An afternoon with TS Elliott

An Afternoon with T. S. Elliott

As I lay on the verdant grass at college 
under the Myrtle tree 
I am bathed and entranced by the dancing-dappled light 
That flickers above me through warm patchy autumn skies
And diamonds of light that sparkle on yellow green finger shaped leaves-

Autumn’s warmth softly caresses my uncovered feet 
It encourages me to slumber – until my gaze is mesmerized at
Two courting grey and pink Galahs perched in the branches above me 
As they caress each other- 

And above my head-even higher 
Two yellow/green/blue parrots playfully peck and groom 
Amidst a myriad of other bird calls 
From other birds that are hidden to my eyes- 

Then suddenly - I glimpse them - darting here and there playing
Catch-me-if-you-can - amidst the dappled rippling light that falls on 
Grey-brown branches 

I pause and ponder for a moment; I should be writing my assignment on T. S. Elliott; I think upon one of his lines...

" Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree!" T.S. Elliott

At last I hear God’s inviting voice; muted sounds on the wind- is this-
His voice-of Love?


Brenda V Northeast c 30/03/05 (Re write- 20/1/2012)

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  1. Date: 1/20/2012 9:24:00 AM
    Although I appreciated your poem, especially the nicely phrased descriptive elements, I think I should advise you that the lines you are attributing to T.S. Eliot were authored by Joyce Kilmer (both marvelous poets.)

    Northeast Avatar Brenda Victoria Northeast
    Date: 1/20/2012 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comment Leo- I shall have to go back- if I still have my references and check- I am pleased you pointed that out to me. It has been sometime since I wrote that poem for an assignment. And no one has pointed it out before. Quotes can go amiss- I once read something attributed to Nelson Mandala and was actually something He had said referenced from someone else. That's life, Blessings,