Catrin

12 Mar

Catrin    – Gillian Clarke

 I can remember you, child,
As I stood in a hot, white
Room at the window watching
The people and cars taking
Turn at the traffic lights.
I can remember you, our first
Fierce confrontation, the tight
Red rope of love which we both
Fought over. It was square
Environmental blank, disinfected
Of paintings or toys. I wrote
All over the walls with my
Words, coloured the clean squares
With the wild, tender circles
Of our struggle to become
Separate. We want, we shouted,
To be two, to be ourselves.

Neither won nor lost the struggle
In the glass tank clouded with feelings
Which changed us both. Still I am fighting
You off, as you stand there
With your straight, strong, long

Brown hair and your rosy,
Defiant glare, bringing up
From the heart’s pool that old rope,
Tightening about my life,
Trailing love and conflict,
As you ask may you skate
In the dark, for one more hour.

Here are some resources to help you:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/poetclarke/catrinrev1.shtml

http://www.gillianclarke.co.uk/home.htm Go to the ‘for students’ tab at the top and then select ‘poems A-Z’. There is a link to questions about Catrin on the left-hand side with Gillian Clarke’s answers for you. How useful.

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