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Consider the Years VIRGINIA GRAHAM
The author of these wise and witty poems, written between 1938 and 1946, was Joyce Grenfell’s closest friend, and there are many similarities in their writing;‘A charm and wit that is irresistible – if you haven’t come across her, think Hilaire Belloc meets an English Ogden Nash by way of Noel Coward. Light, deft, funny and embedded in suburban England, these are stories of aunts, crumpets and idyllic England – even though many were written during wartime.’ Time Out.
My thoughts are centred now on strange concerns. No longer do I find my spirit yearns
To talk of theatres, or art, or books,
Or love affairs, or other people’s cooks.
Dead as the dust of ancient dreams they lie, And cannot comfort me, or edify.
But should you speak to me of bones, or tins, Or swill for pigs, or sanitary bins,
My heart will leap to yours and in my eyes The lust for aluminium will rise.
Ah me! A year ago I talked of Rome, and Beatrice Lillie and the Hippodrome,
And roses and the Rhine and fruited trees As yet unplundered by evacuees.
I did not seek a restless bed afraid
I had forgotten to inform Miss Wade
That through some misdemeanour unforeseen Some forty cups were gone from the canteen...
The endpaper is taken from a 1943 printed rayon crêpe dress fabric derived from a series of propaganda posters by ‘Fougasse’, ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’, published by the Ministry of Information in February 1940.
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