(chosen by David for Thursday 9th April)

"Best wishes on your 23rd birthday, 1987

David M xxxxxxxxxx"


The natural silence of a tree,

The motion of a mast on a fresh-tossing sea,

Now foam-inclined, now to the sun with dignity,


Or the stone brow of a mountain

Regarded from a town, or the curvet-fountain,

Or one street-stopped in wonder at the fountain,


Or a great cloud entering the room of the sky,

Napoleon of his century,

Heard come to knowing music consciously,


Such, not us, reflect and have their day,

We are but vapour of today

Unless love's chance fall on us and call us away


As the wind takes what it can

And blowing on the fortunate face, reveals the man.

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