Sunday 21 October 2012
Jim is still with us, he has to attend a baptism in Andover (not his, you understand...). Friends collect him before Joyce arrives for lunch.
Jim gets from the baptism at mid afternoon, and later I take him to the station and Joyce home.
I sent Carol this Kipling poem:
The Way Through The Woods
THEY shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse's feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods...
But there is no road through the woods.
by Rudyard Kipling
My Mum kept a Commonplace book in which she wrote her favourite poems and prose, all in her lovely italic hand writing. "The Way Through The Woods" is in it :)