Many moons ago I wrote about ‘The Landing in Summer’ by Mary D Elwell.
It never occurred to me then to share the picture with you… to photograph the one I have and put it here…
But then this morning I found that since I wrote, the BBC are uncovering the nations art collections.
And now you can look at Mary Dawson Elwell’s ‘Landing in Summer’ whenever you like to.
Feeling doubly generous today, and becuase last time I wrote about this painting I doubled it up with some Mersey poetage (not sure they are comfortable bedfellows other than they are two of my favourite things) and so today too I’m going to lie them side by side.
This time Brian Patten’s ‘Party Piece’ ….for you.
‘Let’s stay here
Now this place has emptied
And make gentle pornography with one another,
While the partygoers go out
And the dawn creeps in,
Like a stranger.
Let us not hesitate
Over what we know
Or over how cold this place has become,
But let’s unclip our minds
And let tumble free
The mad, mangled crocodile of love.’
So they did,
There among the woodbines and guinness stains,
And later he caught a bus and she a train
And all there was between them then