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Penelope Shuttle

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Missing You (parts 4 & 6)

Penelope Shuttle

Missing You (parts 4 & 6)

Penelope Shuttle

Poem introduction

Missing You was written mostly in the second year after [her husband] Peter's death, and it is about bereavement.

Missing You (parts 4 & 6)

Missing You


The rainbow is not enough,
nor the flood

My eye can't see enough,
nor my ear absorb sufficient silence

January is not enough,
nor June

Books are not enough,
nor the El Grecos

Christianity is not enough,
nor Judaism

China is not enough,
nor India

Good luck is not enough,
nor absolution from the bad

Jasmine is not enough,
nor the rose

Kingdoms are not enough,
nor the oldest city in the world,

without you


Like a tough Polish soldier
you put your clean shirt on wet

Like a rainbow without red,
you troubled the sky

You were my sower sowing wide,
my queue dans la bouche

You loved the top-knotted Islamic angels
with their steep wings of gold and blue

You preferred astronomer's weather,
sciences of the birds

You were a prayer across the Orinoco,
a Tiber fitting me to perfection

From Redgrove's Wife (Bloodax Books, 2006), copyright © Penelope Shuttle 2006, used by permission of the author and Bloodaxe Books Ltd.


Penelope Shuttle

Penelope Shuttle Reading from her poems

1The Conceiving

2The Weather House


4Hide and Seek




8Rescuing the Buddha

9Far in the East

10The Well at Mylor

11St. Nectan's Fall

12Mother and Daughter

13The Breather Among the Metals

14Waterstone Whispers

15Under the Weather

16Scholar's Shop

17Things You Can't Post

18Six-Billionth Baby

19Après un Rêve

20God as Pupil

21By the Water's Edge

22Redgrove's Wife


24The Fields

25The Inattentive Reader

26Running Out of Time

27The World

28In the Kitchen


30Missing You

Books by Penelope Shuttle