A Good Home

An Honest House – Guest Post…

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I ended my first book, A Good Home, with excerpts from two poems that I love: William Wordsworth’s ode to the fields he played in as a child, and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s powerful reassurance.

William Wordsworth, from “Intimations of Immortality”:

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind.”

Derek Walcott, from “Love After Love”:

The time will come

When, with elation,

You will greet yourself arriving

At your own door, in your own mirror.

And each will smile at the other’s welcome

And say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.”


Unknown to me, thousands of readers across the world would read my book, and some would return, time and again, to this last reassuring chapter.

So would I. As I…

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19 thoughts on “An Honest House – Guest Post…”

  1. Wonderful quotations! Especially the one by Derek Walcott. I will be copying into my daybook.

  2. A wonderful post! I have not read “Imitations of Immortality” in years but with age I appreciate it even more. All the best to you and the new book! It is on my reading list.

  3. Two great poems Cynthia. I particularly love Wordsworth. His ‘Tintern Abbey’ is one of my favourite poems. And as before marriage, my name was Wordsworth, I always feel a special kinship.

  4. I learned the Wordsworth poem at school and it comes back with familiarity. This is a lovely guest post Cynthia that resonates with the same sense of taking joy in the way life is lived as your books.

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