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Sir Philip Sidney, Author of the Finest Love Poems in English Before Shakespeare

Sir Philip Sidney was born at Penhurst, Kent on 30 November 1554. He was the first child of Sir Henry Sidney and his wife, Mary, née Dudley. 1,321 more words

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From the Vaults - Timekilling


I like sunflowers. They are not what one
imagines them to be. We live in dreams.
They are scruffy-haired punk muscle-blooms
greened with a collar of untidy spikes. 78 more words


From The Vaults - sorry (2007)


‘sorry,’ you said, ‘for not ringing you back,
not letting you know i wouldn’t be there.
it was family.’ it was the same track… 85 more words


From the Vaults - April 2010

April 2010

My legs don’t half give me jip these mornings.
I’m creaking despite the old rose hip cure.
I’ve seen fifty springs. This is fifty-one. 88 more words


From the Vaults - May 2009

May 2009

dusk has been dragged back to the watershed
surprising us all, as it does each year.
dusk; a word most suited to its meaning, 88 more words


#32 ("My Sweet', 'tis time again to say my love. . .")


                        My Sweet’, ‘tis time again to say my love

                        For you: the happiest of Valentine’s

                        I wish for you—my all, my joy, my “dove.”

                        Lovebirds are doves, you see, and you are mine! 102 more words