Welcome to this week’s edition of Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 23rd October 2017 on Red Kite Radio.
Continuing with the theme of Autumn, Davy D reads his sonnet Two Fishermen at Ponny. Ponny is the local name given to the fishing water in the village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. He also gives a potted history of the sonnet form and reveals a little-known secret about actor Richard Burton.
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Two Fishermen at Ponny
Autumn kissed Ponny with cool puckered lips.
October clouds raced in a darkened sky,
Holding the Red Kite between fingertips,
As fishermen gazed at quivering flies.
Camouflaged beside bowed Bulrush and tree,
Both angler’s stillness, a picture of peace.
Disguised so the Carp are unable to see
The barbs which could bring an end to their lease.
For half an hour they captured my thought,
Engaged in their game of angling chess,
Time out with nature which cannot be bought,
How it would end was anyone’s guess?
I never witnessed a winner this time,
Life pulled me back over the Chiltern Line.