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Autumn 2012 set of Poems on the Underground

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    • Two FragmentsLove holds me captive againand I tremble with bittersweet longing As a gale on the mountainside bends the oak tree I am rocked by my love Sappho Translated by Cicely Herbert. Reprinted by the permission of the translator Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London
    • A song for EnglandAn’ a so de rain a-fallAn’ a so de snow a-rain An’ a so de fog a-fall An’ a so de sun a-fail An’ a so de seasons mix An’ a so de bag-o’-tricks But a so me understan’ De misery o’ de Englishman. Andrew Salkey Reprinted by permission of Patricia Salkey Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London
    • A Dead Statesman I could not dig: I dared not rob: Therefore I lied to please the mob. Now all my lies are proved untrue And I must face the men I slew. What tale shall serve me here among Mine angry and defrauded young? from Epitaphs of the War 1914-18 Rudyard Kipling Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London
    • The Emigrant Irish They would have thrived on our necessities. What they survived we could not even live. By their lights now it is time to imagine how they stood there, what they stood with,Like oil lamps we put them out the back, that their possessions may become our power.of our houses, of our minds. We had lights Cardboard. Iron. Their hardships parcelled in them.better than, newer than and then Patience. Fortitude. Long-suffering in the bruise-coloured dusk of the New World.a time came, this time and nowwe need them. Their dread, makeshift example. And all the old songs. And nothing to lose. Eavan Boland Reprinted by permission of Carcarnet from New Collected Poems (2005) Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London
    • Concerto for Double BassHe is a drunk leaning companionably He is a polite but devoted Valentino,Around a lamp post or doing up Cheek to cheek, forgetting the next step.With intermittent concentration He is feeling the pulse of the fat ladyAnother drunk’s coat. Or cutting her in half. But close your eyes and it is sunset At the edge of the world. It is the language Of dolphins, the growth of tree-roots, The heart-beat slowing down. John Fuller Reprinted by the permission of the author Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London
    • Swallows Their annual regeneration so flawless to human eyes that there is no seam The swallows are italic again, between parent and child. cutting their sky-jive between telephone wires, flying in crossed lines. Just always the swallows and their script of descenders, dipping their ink to sign their signatures across the page of the sky. Owen Sheers Reprinted by the permission of the author from Skirrid Hill (Seren 2005) Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Particular Books/Penguin 2012)MAYOR OF LONDON tfl.gov.uk/poems Transport for London