Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Lord of Powis Castle

At Powis Castle a peacock struts

and the forecourt is bathed in welcome but unseasonal sunshine.

Outside the castle walls great banks of yews grow as densely and as prolifically as algae

carved into glorious mounds with Rubensesque bulges,

and secret spaces

hiding another, imaginary, kingdom.

A footpath through an ancient orchard reveals another view

and then another; variegated leaves

leading onto paths with blossoming rhododendron

perfumed azaleas

and other delicate flowers.

Close to the exit, a bronze peacock

presages its living prototype

and greets Marly's approach (or maybe his harem of three peahens)

with a rattling display of feathers:

the new Lord of the Castle.

(Yesterday, Marly Youmans, David Bonta (two writers from the US) and I visited Powis Castle in mid-Wales. As you can see we had a fine time. It was great to finally meet Marly (who I first encountered on this blog), and I was delighted to be introduced to David, too.)


Anonymous Marly Youmans said...

Clare, I think we both had a splendid day, and I was so glad to meet you at last. And we had the perfect weather... Now you must come see me at home!

Thu May 05, 09:09:00 am  
Blogger Nora Lumiere said...

Hello Claire, just wanted to mention how much I enjoyed your report on Povis Castle; the gorgeous photos, the fabulous Yews (they look like loaves of green bread and, of course, the peacocks.

Thu May 05, 03:56:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you Marly, I certainly day.

Hello Nora. I am going to your native land pretty soon to see my son get married to Angelique - who is French too!

Thu May 05, 05:37:00 pm  
Blogger Nora Lumiere said...

Félicitations à tout le monde!

Fri May 06, 01:04:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Merci bien, Nora!

Fri May 06, 01:40:00 am  
Blogger The Poet's Lizard said...

Lovely photos, lovely environs, and the company of lovely writers.

Fri May 06, 09:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Mary said...

Okay, Clare, you are SO not going to believe this. One of my former college professors, Anita Mills, happened to mention that she had visited Wales on Facebook. Upon seeing Wales in her update, I thought of you and told her she needed to look up your blog. She did so and guess what? She happened to see Dave and Marly, who were in Wales for the same reason she and her partner Andrea were ... "for the launch of a poetry book and the exhibition opening of Clive Hicks-Jenkins' Retrospective at the National Library of Wales." Andrea even has pictures of Dave and Marly on her own blog here:

How is that for less than six degrees of separation?

Wed May 11, 03:50:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Hi Poet's Lizard! Thanks for visiting - and you're right about the lovely writers!

Sun May 15, 08:47:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Amazing, Mary! It is such a small world! I'm going to take a look at Anita Mills's blog now.

Sun May 15, 08:48:00 pm  

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