Markings 34 - On Collecting Dickens

October 8, 2017

 Embroidery by Olive Ruth Sherwin - c. 1950s


On Collecting Dickens


Grandmother got them all   by slow degrees

after the war    on a pension

from book clearance tables at Myers

for sixpence    and a shilling at the Argonaut    now gone


under   and they were for her a constant source of coruscation

beneath their muted cloth covers of red and blue and green

moving in and out of them    with a companion

ease     and she could have been


any one of a dozen characters    yet not the least herself

seeking out their peculiar company    down those long

days of sickness    up half

the night through all the years of separation


now they line one shelf of mine    and wait as comforter

for some time tired soul to come to them    like hers.


Jeff Guess





©Jeff Guess 2017


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