A Berkshire Miracle

Blue Pool

A Berkshire Miracle

I remember visiting the Blue Pool at
Stanford Dingley, the frost had risen
From the ground plucked to the heavens
By the bending Noon day sun

I was in a group I didn’t go singularly
There was Auntie Lovely
And Jock, who must have been
A postman I think, because he said
‘He’d caught a packet on Remy Ridge.’

Also in our company was
A dog with a mad eye,
And someone who called herself
The Rose of Vienna,
Along with several other people
Who even then, might
Have been dead.
Lolling behind, came the girl who had
Once tried to count the freckles on my arm.

I was the first one in,
The water was cold but
I didn’t cry, you see it was
So deep and dreamy,
If I could have drowned
There and then, I would have,
Where the Aspen trees whispered Kaddish.

© Bernard Pearson

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Bernard Pearson

poet & author

Bernard lives in Oswestry, UK. He is published in around one hundred journals and magazines worldwide. He is also a spoken-word performer, finalist in both the John Tripp Spoken Word Competition and The All Wales Comic Verse Competition. Plus a biographer and prize-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in many publications. In 2017 a selection of his poetry ‘In Free Fall’ was published by Leaf by Leaf  Press. In 2019 he won second prize in The Aurora Prize (an international competition in Poetry) for his poem ‘Manor Farm’ and his first novel ‘Where the Willows End‘ was published by Leaf by Leaf Press. His second novel is due out in 2022.

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