Dr. Beeching arrives at Dr. Williams’ School in Dolgellau
Somewhere on the Mawddach, excavating
The sedimentary layers of my youth
I found your smile.
In sepia, framed transgressive
And lounging between
The empty parallels of stark infinity,
Confident, optimistic and open
Even at a point of closure.
Full of possibilities,
You signaled encouragement and hope
Amidst the dissolution,
And with that look, advertised
The essence of youth’s big adventure
Which fifty years later I savoured once more.
October 3, 2017
I am grateful to Jennie and colleagues at Dr Williams on the web for permission to feature the photograph from the website which inspired this poem.
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