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Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

John Heath-Stubbs


Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

John Heath-Stubbs


Poem introduction

'Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind' - this inscription was commissioned and is in fact on a stone in the grounds of Lauderdale House in London.

Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

Wayfarer, pause. Although you may not see,
Earth's bright children, herbs and flowers, are here:
It is their small essential souls that greet you,
Mounted upon the morning or evening air:
While from above, from sky and tree-bough,
Birds fling down their songs, a musical burgeoning.


from Collected Poems (Carcanet, 1988), copyright © John Heath-Stubbs 1988, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

John Heath-Stubbs Reading from his poems

1Mozart

2Purkis

3A Crow in Bayswater

4Christus Natus Est

5The Frog and the Nightingale

6Wishes for the Months

7The Lady’s Complaint

8Girl with Marionettes

9Plato and the Waters of the Flood

10When Sappho Loved

11The Timeless Nightingale

12The Poet of Bray

13Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

14The Tree-Creeper

15The Carrion Crow

16The Stonechat

17The Blackcap

18Ibycus

19Song of the Death-Watch Beetle

20Flea

21Inscription for a Sundial

22A Jellicle Cat

23The Mulberry Tree

24The Ghost of Gruesome Towers

25A Ballad of the Piltdown Man

26At the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

27A Ballad of Trafalgar Square

28Sonnet

29Ockham’s Razor

30A Christmas Rose

Books & cds by John Heath-Stubbs