National Poetry Day, yesterday, I re-discovered this. It’s from James Elroy Flecker’s To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence, and it seems appropriate to the new Askrigg Village Book we’re preparing. Generations of people we will never know will read it, just as we look back on the original, 1965, one and picture those who went before us. It’s very poignant.
“Since I can never see your face,
And never shake you by the hand,
I send my soul through time and space
To greet you. You will understand.
James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)
From: Say Cheese! by Ann Pilling. Published by the Rookhurst Press at £8. All proceeds to St Margaret’s Church, Hawes.