Memorials by Phyllis Lane

From Thameslink to Little Britain passed
a scrubbed-up magnificent St Paul’s without scaffolding.
In the graveyard neat green lawns,pruned trees,spring primroses
in geometrical plots,budding daffodils and crocuses/ crocusi?
Young lovers in bronze hug closely forever.
Cleaned statuary shows crisp foliage and ferns.
Frink’s dignified Shepherd and Flock dominates Paternoster Sguare,
City slickers parade in sharp suits and shiny shoes,
women wear black on black, share secrets with the sisterhood,
heave shoulder bags with everything but the kitchen sink!
Memorial to Rowland Hill 1840 who started the penny post
reminds me how I love reading letters and cards now called snail mail.
In Postman’s Park beautifully scripted tiles by G.W.Watts 1840
tell heartrending stories of self sacrifice from a century ago.
A teenaged group attends silently while the guide reads the text.
Neon green fronds float on top of the pond
while torpedo goldfish hang still below
Alleyways loop around the main arterial roads, without coats office workers nip out for a quick coffee messaging on mobiles.
From St Bart’s an ambulance siren reminds me I’m mortal.


About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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