One of the chief enhancements to this house
Is the number of doors. Many of them look much the same
The cupboard and bedroom doors are similar
Providing opportunity for sexual farce
One door leads to the busy street and people passing;
One into a garden awash with colours
And shapes. This one under the stairs, I have to admit,
Opens on to a sight that isn’t pretty:
I cleared it only a month ago, but somehow
From somewhere the muck has all piled up again.
Now this one used to lead to the spare bedroom
But opening it last week I found it led
Down a long tunnel, into a hidden river
Echoing with voices and the sound of waves
Until I came to a thorny, craggy country
And then a spring that bubbled over pebbles
Silvered with something like the light of sunrise.
Now I have drunk and travelled back by river
And tunnel and dark and death to this old house
I can move out. The fixtures are included
The street is right out there and wanders on.
Not a commentary on this poem, but I wanted to find space for it and didn’t think it worth a post of its own: I’d like to thank Neel and Caddo who nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger award.
This wasn’t simple for me. I’m a Quaker. Quakers enjoy lots of things to the full (wine, women, song, men, mountaineering, amateur dramatics, that sort of thing) but they avoid honours, distinctions and titles. That was actually my own gut feeling before I found it was a Quaker tradition. If you do something valuable, that should be its own reward (unless, of course, you earn your living from that activity, in which case a bit of money comes in handy). So in general, I’d avoid awards.
But was it really an award? Perhaps not, as no-one was judging it. It seems to be a way of cheering up other bloggers by saying you like their posts. But I can do that anyway by comments or, in some cases, hitting LIKE. I value the encouragement I’ve had from Neel, Caddo, The Northern Plights, Christy and others, but just the odd positive comment suits me fine. Another problem with the award was the requirement to nominate 15 other bloggers – quite time-consuming and I didn’t have 15 names to quote. It seemed a bit artificial to go out and look for new blogs so I could add more names. I’m finding new blogging friends steadily at a pace that suits me.
So – Neel and Caddo: I would certainly have nominated you, but you’ve been nominated anyway by others. I’ll stand back from this one.