I stared at stars printed on the sky,
the solar system in all its glory,
and thought back to another time,
a different city when Wren designed
the dome that stands so proud beside
the Thames, the best of London’s pride.
I wondered about all who stood inside,
who marvelled at the golden Byzantine
oculus, the gilded niches and its height,
and whispered in the gallery.
Now, I wonder if I’ll ever see it again,
the domed cathedral beside the Thames.
Kim M. Russell, 13th October 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics: Three Little Words
Sarah is back to host Poetics this week and she says she’s keeping it simple and fun with, what I think is, a kind of treasure hunt.
I had never heard of ‘What 3 Words’ before today and had to go and have a look. I couldn’t imagine how the developers could divide the whole world into 3 metre squares and allocated them a combination of 3 words which can help to pinpoint our location exactly. It’s astonishing. I also love the idea of a plantation of poems, of which Sarah has been a part, and which was organised in a similar way. How wonderful to have a poem printed on wood in woodland!
Being a Londoner born and bred, I love this prompt, in which Sarah has done a little tour of London and picked out some three-word combos. She would like us to choose one of them and write a poem (3 – 12 lines long), using the three words. If we go to the what3words website, we can find our spots in London – and use them for further inspiration.
I chose print.solar.stared because it took me to St Paul’s Cathedral, which I sometimes visited when I worked nearby. St. Pauls also reminds me of the scene in ‘Mary Poppins’ when she sings ‘Feed the Birds’. The title refers to an old song.