A Flying Song

Last night I saw the sword Excalibur
It flew above the cloudy palaces
And as it passed I clearly read the words
Which were engraven on its blade
And one side of the sword said Take Me
The other side said Cast Me Away

I met my lover in a field of thorns
We walked together in the April air
And when we lay down by the waterside
My lover whispered in my ear
The first thing that she said was Take Me
The last thing that she said was Cast Me Away

I saw a vision of my mother and father
They were sitting smiling under summer trees
They offered me the gift of life
I took this present very carefully
And one side of my life said Take Me
The other side said Cast Me Away


from Blue Coffee - Poems 1985 -1996 (Bloodaxe, 1996), copyright © Adrian Mitchell 1996, used by permission of the author

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1A Flying Song

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2Icarus Schmicarus

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3My Mother and Father or Why I Began to Hate War

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4Remember Suez?

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5Veteran with a Head Wound

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6The Dust

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7Nostalgia - Now Threepence Off

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8Fifteen Million Plastic Bags

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9Song about Mary

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10Elephant Eternity

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11A Year Passes, as Years Do

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12Life Is A Walk Across A Field

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13My Friend the Talking Elevator of Tokyo

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14In My Two Small Fists

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15to all our friends

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16Englanding

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17Leaflets

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18What to Do if You Meet Nijinsky

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19The Ballad of the Familiar Stranger

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20Tissue Paper Flowers

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21Not Fleeing but Flying

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22The Last Goofs on Earth say Sorry to their Favourite Star

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23The Famous Battle

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24Playground

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25Roundabout

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26Pour Soul

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27Thanks to my Dog in an Hour of Pain

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28Disguise

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29King Lear's Fool Waves Goodbye

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30William Blake says: Every Thing That Lives Is Holy

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