READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 2

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds by Paula Muldoon ANL-160209-124110001
Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds by Paula Muldoon ANL-160209-124110001
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This week’s poem, called: Turmoil and Peace, Bury St Edmunds, July 2016, was sent in by Paul Muldoon.

Paul explained: “I am an Irish-American violinist who was recently in Bury St Edmunds for a concert with the Suffolk Philharmonic. I had some time to wander the cathedral grounds (one of my favourite spots in England) and, inspired by the beauty, penned this poem encapsulating my thoughts on leaving the EU.”

Paul also sent in this picture.

TURMOIL AND PEACE, BURY ST EDMUNDS, 2016

The England I first loved

Many years ago

Was this England

A small land of flowers

Ancient buildings standing quiet

White clouds billowing

The England I came to love

Was not this land

Yet I loved it all the more

With curry and burkas

More tongues than I knew

And arms open to the world

Now she has changed her face

And become again this small land

The warm embrace lost

Yet I cannot help but love her still

For the centuries’ beauty still holds

But my heart is sad.