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Light up the night

A golden hue of stone,
splashing colours
resonating in a cool water.
Dappled sky and treetop green.

As the river flows
so ideas of perfect summer night
filter through
leaving just fleeting memories.


As light intensifies
so do recollections
of a halcyon past,
more than water under a bridge.


Centuries of river traffic,
now forgotten and long gone
leave nonetheless
a glow of incandescent peace—


not just people
but images
bursting through
to a watery tomorrow.

One of four poems written by Charles Jobson in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2019. 

The painting is entitled Richmond Bridge at Twilight, by the artist and  Claire Corbett. Another poem in response to this painting was written by Godfrey Rust.

Poem Charles Jobson. For permission to re-use contact godfrey@wordsout.co.uk.

Borough of Ealing Art Trail