World War I - Coward

World War I – Coward

I heard the news.

Like most people I felt sick with worry.

How could this be happening? I mean, really happening? Is everyone mad?

Like most people I wondered what it meant.

Like most people I felt regret.

Wait, one second. Does this mean…

I’m not sure about this,

I’m not sure I want to say how I think and feel about this.

I’m not sure,

This is a good idea,

A good decision, a good solution, and…

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We’ll never go home

We’ll never go home

Shoulder to shoulder we stood,

Under the rain, friends from home.

As one we thought of home,

As one we fought for home,

Not one, not anyone, thought it wrong,

Everyone fought; was it wrong?

At once we knew,

Our home, we knew,

Would never be seen again.

Quick, now, brace!

Attention: Stare ahead, not left or right,

we shall not see this day’s night.

To say our love will end,

In a letter…

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Roger Ackling

Roger Ackling

Sad to hear the news, Roger Ackling has died.

In 2012, I was extremely fortunate to meet Roger and Sylvia Ackling as they had awarded me the Vernon Crowther Prize, which is named in the memory of Sylvia’s late father. It was a moment that is burned into my memory just as the moment five years earlier when Brenda Unwin, who was my tutor at City College, told me my work was very good…

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Walking along with Henry Moore….

Ever since I saw a photograph, taken in 1931, of Henry Moore, Irina Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, and Mary Jenkins holidaying together at Happisburgh, I’ve felt the need to go there.

Walking along with Henry Moore….

Ever since I saw a photograph, taken in 1931, of Henry Moore, Irina Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, and Mary Jenkins holidaying together at Happisburgh, I’ve felt the need to go there.