'...for me the kumquat taken whole
best fruit, and metaphor, to fit the soul...'
I have just noticed that the anniversary of my blog has passed me by twice now. Kumquat's blog has been entertaining and educating the world at large for over two years and I think a celebration is called for.
Where else to look but to Tony Harrison?
'...a fruit an older poet might substitute
for the grape John Keats thought fit to be Joy's fruit...'
Let me tell you about the men in my life. HBH introduced me to Alexander Pope, JA introduced me to Camus and GD introduced me to Iris Murdoch and Tony Harrison.
'The new day dawns. O days! My spirit greets
the kumquat with the spirit of John Keats.
O kumquat, comfort for not dying young,
both sweet and bitter, bless the poet's tongue!'
Tony for poet laureate!
Here's to another two years. By that time I will have a 16 year old and be more than half way to my three score years and ten.
'Then it's the kumquat fruit expresses best
how days have darkness round them like a rind,
life has a skin of death that keeps its zest.'