Send in the Troopers

Art, illustration, poetry



A digital watercolour of the lovely ladies I spend some time with each morning in Essex, and they always seem prepared to converse and mend the world with me.  This piece of Eliot’s poem East Coker goes some way to  prepare me for another week. Strange how I revisit his poem on a regular basis. I shall have to share it with these belles.

For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.


6 thoughts on “Send in the Troopers

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  1. Hello! I’m a friend of Martha Stephens, who sent me this “pretty.” And I’m so glad she did! This piece is quite lovely and the poem one I haven’t visited in many years. I especially love this line: The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight. Now that I’m retired and partially physically disabled, I often find myself “lost in a shaft of sunlight.” And isn’t it a great thing to experience! The entire universe can be seen in that shaft of sunlight if we look closely enough. And having a fit of distraction, well, that fits me perfectly! Thank you for this. I shall be following you on my own from now on! Oh, and I love the photo of the ladies you have your morning coffee with! I’m envious!

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