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Melody of love revived

The hurdy-gurdy man on the street corner
in his fingerless mittens,
in the mists of his breath,
behind his red nose dripping,
under his holy black felt hat
grinds out that tune,
that drags him back to her,
that sucks him back through decades
to a warm and distant place,
where snow never settled
and muffled their voices;
where frost never iced their hearts,
their love’s breath invisible
in summer’s careless heat,
before the song was lost.

© David Urwin 2014
Written for and performed at the Schubertiade, Rhosygilwen, October 2013.

Dave Urwin was raised in Manchester, but lives a rural life in west Wales. His first volume of poetry, Towards Humanity, was published in 2015 by Pinewood Press, Swansea. He has had haiku published in Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society, and two haiku were printed on beer mats to promote the Penfro Book Festival 2016. He has had ‘protest’ poetry published on the webzine, I am not a silent poet. He publishes a selection of his poems on his poetry blog: He reads/performs regularly at various venues in south-west Wales.