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Poet bursts into verse after Scarborough visit

A PROFESSIONAL poet wrote a poem about Scarborough after visiting the town.

Roger Taber, of London, read a selection from his quartet Love and Human Remains and talked about publishing poetry at the library on Friday in the run-up to the town’s first literature festival, which will be based at the library from April 20-22.

Library principal officer Sandra Turner said a local poetry fan asked the library to try and book Mr Taber.

His poem is a villanelle, a 19-line piece consisting of five tercets and a concluding quatrain.

The Guardians

by Roger Taber

Sentinel of times past, guardian-protector,

Scarborough’s castle at the turn of its bays

keeps vigil on the town like a zealous lover

Of battles, banquets, hear its walls murmur,

rage, grieve, yearn… for halcyon days;

sentinel of times past, guardian-protector,

Nearby, the uplifting spirit of a great writer

lends grace to a modern world’s ways,

keeps vigil on the town like a zealous lover

Brave nautical eye of a veteran godfather

watches out at night for harbour strays;

sentinel of times past, guardian-protector

Earth Mother, bidding heaven come closer

as pools of light on its shores drop away,

keeps vigil on the town like a zealous lover

As sea to sand, a community come together,

so History, humanity’s present terror allays;

sentinel of times past, guardian-protector,

keeps vigil on the town like a zealous lover

Link: www.hometown.aol.com/ rogertab/myhomepage/poetry.html

 
 
 

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