Sorry I have been off the radar for a while; I have had a spell in hospital as I was taken ill quite suddenly. Am on the mend now but waiting for a little operation some time soon (I hope). Times like this makes one appreciate friendship and quite coincidentally, among the doom, gloom and despair that seems to dominate the news these days I heard this poem on Radio 4's Today programme in the Thought for the Day slot.
Really bad news yesterday was hearing that Alan Bennett and the protestors have lost the fight to save Brent libraries from closure. Sad news indeed.
Anyway here is the poem.
Such love I cannot analyse;
it does not rest in lips or eyes,
neither in kisses nor caress,
partly, I know, it’s gentleness
And understanding in one word
or in brief letters. It’s preserved
by trust and by respect and awe.
These are the words I’m feeling for.
Two people, yes, two lasting friends.
The giving comes, the taking ends.
There is no measure for such things.
For this all Nature slows and sings.