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Tell me the name of this poem?

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extracrunchy Sat 20-Apr-13 01:17:51

Can anyone tell me the name of this poem and/or the poet??

I have only a vague memory - a very quirky and wonderful love poem about growing old together but the unique thing I remember is a bit about eating cheese and onion rolls in pubs!

I'd really like to read it at my grandmother's funeral because she loved it too - but I can't remember enough of it to Google.


redastra Sat 20-Apr-13 01:35:36

I found this one, but not sure if it is the right one!


Learning to read you, twenty years ago,
Over the pub lunch cheese-and-onion rolls.

Learning you eat raw onions; learning your taste
For obscurity, how you encode teachers & classrooms

As the hands, the shop floor; learning to hide
The sudden shining naked looks of love. And thinking

The rest of our lives, the rest of our lives
Doing perfectly ordinary things together – riding

In buses, walking in Sainsbury’s, sitting
In pubs eating cheese & onion rolls,

All those tomorrows. Now twenty years after,
We’ve had seventy-three hundred of them, and

(If your arithmetic’s right, & our luck) we may
Fairly reckon on seventy-three hundred more.

I hold them crammed in my arms, colossal crops
Of shining tomorrows that may never happen,

But may they! Still learning to read you,
To hear what it is you’re saying, to master the code.

redastra Sat 20-Apr-13 01:36:32

It is written by U A Fanthorpe!

extracrunchy Sat 20-Apr-13 01:38:02

YES!!!! Thank you smile

mirai Sat 20-Apr-13 01:44:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

carlajean Wed 01-May-13 19:18:15

that's so lovely, thank you for sharing it. I used to deliver her post.

Minty82 Wed 01-May-13 19:31:00

Oh that's beautiful, don't know it at all.

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