Pillar in Poets' Corner

Date added: 29/05/2020

Pillar in Poets’ Corner


Perched on a pillar

in Poets’ Corner,

gazing upwards,

not looking down

on his critical friend,

is S T Coleridge.


At the foot of the pillar,

stowed beneath,

naturally pondering,

prelude to writing,

one leg crossed,

head inclined,

sits William Wordsworth.


A gap between them,

opposed in elevation,

intimations of intimacy,

intense and tense,

taught and distraught:

remembered here,

they share a pillar.


© Graham Kings, Nourishing Connections (Canterbury Press, 2020).

first published in Theology 120.4 July/Aug 2017.