Australia 2004, sadly the last time I was in Australia
My older sister Candy lived in a pretty place on the beach called Wagstaff, she and her then husband Robert Drewe very kindly rented a little bungalow for me in the middle of an Eucalyptus Autumn, my paints knew little peace. I was in heaven, I wish I could afford Candy the same sort of generosity now. Who knows one day and who knows one day I will go back to Oz, I love it there.
I was travelling by train to see my younger sister Charlie in Sydney, feeling full of love and contentment, the train journey was a quiet pleasure. Passing through the forests I was taken by a moment of melancholic happiness. I penned a little poem that I thought was not that good and felt strangely familiar. But still quite pleased with myself I published it in one of my early blogs on this site. Today I was sifting through old menus and came across the blog page, of course now I realise where my inspiration came from. A poem that touches my heart profoundly and that my Dad read at our wedding.
'He wishes for the cloths of Heaven' W.B.Yates
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Unwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Not nearly as beautiful, but I am still putting it in, because my blog is called Painters,Poets and Puddings, so I am putting a poem in.
Fern and forest
Forest and fern
on the deadened leaves and learn
Tread softly in the strands of time
where nature meets body
and body meets mind
tread softly in transcendence
flow into a rhythmic cadence
Echoes of loved ones dance in the breeze
whispering through the eucalyptus trees
Tread softly on life's fine web of hope
Love gently in this dream divine
and in this dream our webs entwine.
Then of course there is the movie that my dad made with Diana Dors called Tread Softly Stranger, so I guess I am not the only one who rather likes using tread softly. I wish I could remember to tread softly when I am cross and stamping my feet at David to do something NOW.
Eucalyptus bark before it turns gold,orange,blue,red and green in it Eucalyptus Autumn. Candy thank you for the memories.