Poems of Place: The Halt 1967

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Poems of Place: The Halt

Dr. Beeching arrives at Dr Williams'school, Dolgellau

Somewhere on the Mawddach, excavating
The sedimentary layers of my youth
I found your smile.
In sepia, framed transgressive
And lounging between
The empty parallels of stark infinity,
You spoke.
Confident, optimistic and open
Even at a point of closure;
Full of possibilities,
You signaled encouragement and hope
Amidst the dissolution,
And with that look, advertised
The essence of youth's big adventure
Which fifty years later, I savoured once more.

October 3, 2017

Paul Christopher Walton

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  1. Posted by: Susan Ogden
    Posted on: 13.11.2017 at 20:07

    A poet discovered this photograph on our site. Unbeknown to him, the girl who inspired this piece was revising for her A Level Geography at the time. She says she has been moved by this poem and that it begs reflection on life. Paul Walton, the poet, does not know who she is. We are thrilled to publish the poem here. Paul is no stranger to the Dolgellau area - see website: mariansonthemawddach.

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