Sunday, 28 June 2009

What shall we do without timber?

The Beech Cathedral at Blaise Castle Estate Bristol. Photo ©Shedman

Something Understood: Dark Sanctuary
Great programme by Fergal Keane on BBC Radio 4, exploring the physical and fairytale world created by the forest. He ends with 'Lights Out' by Edward Thomas - one of those Dymock poets:

Lights Out

I have come to the borders of sleep,
The unfathomable deep
Forest where all must lose
Their way, however straight,
Or winding, soon or late;
They cannot choose.

Many a road and track
That, since the dawn's first crack,
Up to the forest brink,
Deceived the travellers,
Suddenly now blurs,
And in they sink.

Here love ends,
Despair, ambition ends,
All pleasure and all trouble,
Although most sweet or bitter,
Here ends in sleep that is sweeter
Than tasks most noble.

There is not any book
Or face of dearest look
That I would not turn from now
To go into the unknown
I must enter and leave alone
I know not how.

The tall forest towers;
Its cloudy foliage lowers
Ahead, shelf above shelf;
Its silence I hear and obey
That I may lose my way
And myself.

(Also check out Analysis: Thought Experiments - Janet Radcliffe Richards looks at a fascinating range of new experiments shedding light on how humans make moral choices.)

1 comment:

  1. As a craftsman, I cannot imagine a world without timber. This is why I make crafts out of old wood, salvage wood and drift wood.


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