Poem introduction

Before the church was built at Rydal, those who died there were carried along the coffin path to be buried at Grasmere. And this path went past the cottage I lived in during my time at the Wordswoth Trust.

Coffin Path Poem

My habit of late-light walking
will mirror my life, how in its twilight
I'll rush out saying, how beautiful -
has it been like this all day?


From Intimates (Jonathan Cape, 2005), © Helen Farish 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Helen Farish

Helen Farish Reading from her Poems

1Look at These

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2Auto Reply

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3Feathered Coyote

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4Under the Bridge

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5Mount Mirtagh and Back

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6In the Church of St. Joseph Prague

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7Treasures

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8Surgery

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9The Accident

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10Mesoplodon Pacificus

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11Blindfold

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12The Old King's Garden

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13The Lighthouse of Nauset

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14Picnic Spots

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15Brathay

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16Slater Bridge

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17Custodian

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18Allington Cross

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19The Lorton Valley

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20To Whiteside

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21Odyssey

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22Plum Island

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23Kit

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24Rue des Lions

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25What Held Us There

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26Programme

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27Coffin Path Poem

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2824th June 1955

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29Newly Born Twins

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30Recording

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31China Dogs

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32July

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33The White Gate

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34Manicure

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35Airing

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36My Father's Dressing Gown

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37‘Grant Us Time to Read and Ponder'

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38Outside the Baker's

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39Resurrection

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40Dad's Barn

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41Posting

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42Appellation

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