Hampstead glory

April 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Mmm… that striking way London has of giving us two or more types of weather at a time… I love it.

 

That short walk in Hampstead town
Was really quite invigorating.
I made the trip from station to station
Feet slapping the pavement tilted briskly downhill
Owing to the location of each station.
Or, should I say, each station’s location?

The sky was rather dark
But that’s not to say ’twas not the middle of the day.
Anyway, the skies were cramped
With soaking dark-grey underpants
The recurrent threat of rain makes them shudder
But me, I’m amazed by the sight this light uncovers.

By god, the light of day is beautiful
Striking the leaves of April trees with such exuberance
But it is particularly heart-stopping when it…
When the whole scene is set before a dark-grey backdrop
Rainclouds miles away where the day is dark
Framing our splendid sunset like gorgeous art

It happens sometimes after a bout of heavy rain
Often accompanied by a rainbow or two
Though truth be told, I find them almost frivolous.
A period of breathless calm and regenerative quiet
As the storm clouds sweep into the distance
And we are left with naked rays of sun.

Or it may happen as the clouds approach
(Sometimes they even pass by without relieving themselves upon us.)
But anything is worth it for that view
God, I could gaze at it for days at a time
But it only lasts for such a little while

If other people raised their heads for a minute
Perhaps they might see it, too
For the time being, it is mine and don’t forget it
I am sole admirer of this blue-metallic sky
And of the goldish green leaves that silhouette it

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