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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, September 03, 2002
    Poetic offering
    The Today Programme got me onto this. It's 200 years to the day since William Wordsworth penned his sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge: "It's a celebration of the wealth, power and beauty of London, a city that looks significantly different now." I couldnÕt resist the occasion to offer my own revision:

    Composed Upon Runcorn Bridge Sept 3, 2002 by John Davies (1962 -)

    Earth shows nothing more fair than this -
    if youÕve never ventured further from here that is -
    Once youÕre through Queensferry youÕre into the hills of Wales
    and this view doesnÕt compare.
    These smokestacks wear their flashlights like
    The beauty of the evening; silent spots
    Scattered up and down the chemical towers
    Open to the grey fields, and to the industrial sky;
    All bright and glittering in the rancid air.
    The sun looks splendid from here, though,
    Setting across the Mersey Basin.
    Ignoring the heavy goods vehicles, it is a place of calm
    The river is slow and wide here: and lovely.
    Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
    EveryoneÕs inside watching Eastenders.