Thursday, 4 October 2012

National Poetry Day

If you live in the same county as the poetry capital of the world, Swindon, then you have to celebrate National Poetry Day today, which kicks off a series of poetry events around the UK.

Especially as this year the theme is 'Stars' and both poetry and stars (the night sky kind) get the thumbs up from this blog.

A while back, I wrote about a BBC radio programme on the subject of darkness, and provided a link to a free lunar calendar, kindly provided by Mooncup:

We didn't hear about National Poetry Day until the day afterwards, so we didn't think to write any poetry but I'm sure that if we had, we would have knocked up something like this (!):

Out in the Dark

Out in the dark over the snow
The fallow fawns invisible go
With the fallow doe;
And the winds blow
Fast as the stars are slow.

Stealthily the dark haunts around
And, when the lamp goes, without sound
At a swifter bound
Than the swiftest hound,
Arrives, and all else is drowned;

And star and I and wind and deer,
Are in the dark together, - near,
Yet far, - and fear
Drums on my ear
In that sage company drear.

How weak and little is the light,
All the universe of sight,
Love and delight,
Before the might,
If you love it not, of night.

Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)


  1. Great poem. the year is 75% over, but I have downloaded my moon chart too - thanks for that link! blessings x

    1. It's never too late for a lunar calendar! I hope they put a 2013 one up on their website next year.

  2. I'm impressed that you found a telescope at the tip! It's amazing what people throw away.

  3. Beautiful poem. I love the night sky this time of year. Everything is so clear!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the poem Lili, and that you are enjoying the night sky too!