Bryan Podmore has been present with the ever-encouraging Border Poets in all their volumes , relishing particularly their exhibition A Brush with Words where poems were allowed to respond to paintings by RA Alumni. Beforehand he thoroughly enjoyed himself as Deputy Warden at Attingham Park, the Shropshire Adult College. From there he migrated for 25 years to Christ Church College, Canterbury, where he founded the ancestor of Poets Corner which still after 18 years occurs every month in Bishop’s Castle. He also runs a writing group.
So easy to miss her Dad in front
As she rides behind in a pannier.
Hard to miss her little hand, though,
stretched out to point imperious..
‘Dad, quick now, will you look at that.!’
Now there’s a cheerful passenger!
She was chatting away with a friend,
invisible and inattentive,
who needed a poking finger’s help
to be sure to join her in noting
the pup scrambling up for the horse trough
with dribbling jaws and paws agitato.
She’ll call it Toby perhaps
Maybe she wouldn’t expect a butterfly
to land delicate on her finger
but I would so gladly supply one
And have her call it Emperor.
Her hard hat wobbles.
She sings a song.
Her Dad joins in,