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.