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The Wednesday Corner with Uncle Tree

 It is my great pleasure to welcome Uncle Tree. He should feel quite at home here as he has great sympathy with roots and branches! The root of his post on the Wednesday Corner is his appreciation of the work of D.H. Lawrence – the branches of which, reach into Heaven itself. Many thanks, Uncle Tree aka Keith Alan Watson for being on the Plum Tree today. 

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I’d like to thank Niamh for allowing me to share the spotlight with a man who taught me much, David Herbert Lawrence. I was 42 when D. H. and I first met up in the library. “Sons And Lovers” got us acquainted, and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” kept us together for quite some time. I found it easy to admire his mastery oflanguage, his courage to face life, and his persistence in seeking peace whilst rocking the boat simultaneously! The Priest Of Love practiced a gospel that was foreign to my ears, and yet, familiar to my heart. He broke rules! He was fun! He was smart! So smart sometimes that it hurt to read his words, and feel his pain. But in between, he painted the world with such a magnificent sensuality! Enough to make you thirst for more Heaven here on Earth.

This thought is important to me, and I believe its something to keep in mind as long as we continue to live, love, and work: “I’ve yet to write my best poem.” Proof of this possibility is well-displayed with Mr. Lawrence’s “Shadows”, his last work before he passed away in 1930 at the tender age of 44. Listen to him! See the glimmering glimpses of hope that shine between his words and lines. And watch him start this oh-so serious piece with “And”. LoL Is that legal? Yes! Enjoy.

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D.H. Lawrence and Frieda

“Shadows” by D.H. Lawrence 

And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.

 

And if, as weeks go round, in the dark of the moon
my spirit darkens and goes out, and soft, strange gloom
pervades my movements and my thoughts and words
then I shall know that I am walking still
with God, we are close together now the moon’s in shadow.

 

And if, as autumn deepens and darkens
I feel the pain of falling leaves, and stems that break in storms
and trouble and dissolution and distress
and then the softness of deep shadows folding,
folding around my soul and spirit, around my lips
so sweet, like a swoon, or more like the drowse of a low, sad song
singing darker than the nightingale, on, on to the solstice
and the silence of short days, the silence of the year, the shadow,
then I shall know that my life is moving still
with the dark earth, and drenched
with the deep oblivion of earth’s lapse and renewal.

 

And if, in the changing phases of man’s life
I fall in sickness and in misery
my wrists seem broken and my heart seems dead
and strength is gone, and my life
is only the leavings of a life:

 

and still, among it all, snatches of lovely oblivion, and snatches of renewal
odd, wintry flowers upon the withered stem, yet new strange flowers
such as my life has not brought forth before, new blossoms of me –

 

then I must know that still
I am in the hands of the unknown God,
he is breaking me down to his own oblivion
to send me forth on a new morning, a new man.

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

31 comments on “The Wednesday Corner with Uncle Tree

  1. Uncle Tree
    May 8, 2013

    I feel welcome here, Niamh. Thank you for the privilege! 🙂
    It’s an honor, and my pleasure. If anyone has any questions,
    please, feel free to ask. I know what D.H. is thinking right now…

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  2. Uncle Tree
    May 8, 2013

    Reblogged this on Uncle Tree's House and commented:
    Many “Thanks!” to Niamh Clune for featuring me today
    On The Plum Tree. D.H. Lawrence’s “Shadows”
    is the poem I review. Come have a look-see?
    Thank you! Uncle Tree

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  3. Shawn MacKENZIE
    May 8, 2013

    Reblogged this on MacKENZIE's Dragonsnest.

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    • ontheplumtree
      May 8, 2013

      Many thanks for the reblog, Shawn.

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    • Uncle Tree
      May 8, 2013

      Of course, I was hoping you’d like this, Shawn.
      Your approval means a lot to me. Thank you!

      Cheerz! 🙂 Keith

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  4. Lovely post.

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  6. BUTTERFLIES OF TIME
    May 8, 2013

    I shared this on my blog. A very interesting post. ‘Shadows’ is simply brilliant. The 3rd stanza is my favourite. D. H was a genius and I have another gem of a poem ‘Escape’ which is one of my favourites. Thank you Uncle Tree and Niamh.

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    • Uncle Tree
      May 8, 2013

      Thank you kindly, Reena! I agree with your appraisal of David.
      He led me to Aldous Huxley and J. Krishnamurti. And for that,
      I also must thank him. Thank you for sharing us. 🙂

      Peace and luvz, Keith

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  7. Jamie Dedes
    May 8, 2013

    A wonderful post.
    Thank you!

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  8. the secret keeper
    May 8, 2013

    Another wonderful Wednesday Corner Niamh. Keith, “Uncle Tree,” I am impressed with your presentation. It is good to know you are a fan of D.H. Lawrence. I started young reading his books. Women In Love to Lady Chatterley’s Lover. His words melt with their sensuality. He didn’t fear opening up to life and love. I love the poem “Shadow.” I am not as familiar with his poetry as I am with his novels. Thank you Niamh for bringing Keith to us. You make such great choices. Keith, I always enjoy hearing or reading, however you want to look at it, what you have to say in your writing. Sharing this poem was an appropriate gift for this day. Someone I admired died this morning so the words are comforting in there D.H.’s way of presenting himself. I will repost on the secret keeper and share it further. 🙂 jk

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    • Uncle Tree
      May 8, 2013

      Gracious be! Thanks a ton, Jennifer! Sorry to hear –
      good grief. But there is more, as D.H. expresses rightly.
      Glad to hear I’m enjoyed here, there, and roundabouts.
      It’s been a pleasure getting to know this group of artists,
      including you. Your passion leaves no room for fences.

      😉 Peace, luvz, and hugz, Keith

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  9. the secret keeper
    May 8, 2013

    Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    Niamh Clune presenting The Wednesday Corner with Uncle Tree. A brilliant choice. aka Keith Alan Watson brings us into the world of D.H. Lawrence and his poem “The Shadow.” Here is the first verse that I am going to post. To read the post and the rest of the poem follow the reblog back to On The Plum Tree. The poem:
    “Shadows” by D.H. Lawrence

    if tonight my soul may find her peace
    in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
    and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
    then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.

    Jk the secret keeper. PS. Well done!

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    • Uncle Tree
      August 30, 2013

      Thanks again, j.k., and you, too, Niamh.
      I needed to read this today. 😉 Peace and luvz, Keith

      And if…

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      • ontheplumtree
        August 30, 2013

        Really enjoyed your wed corner…and I would love to have you back soon!

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      • Uncle Tree
        August 31, 2013

        Since I enjoy accommodating, and since
        my potential remains unknown…er, ahem. Ahem.
        Cough, cough….excuse me. Yes, yes, Niamh!
        🙂
        For you and Jennifer, I Wood. Now, if you wood:
        assign me a task, and I will subject myself
        to the laborious confines of my mind – for a spell.

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      • ontheplumtree
        August 31, 2013

        Then please send in. The criteria is as before. Message me if you are uncertain. It will not be immediate, as I have a lot of catching up to do.

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      • Uncle Tree
        August 31, 2013

        Okay. When I come up with
        an author, a poem, and the particulars –
        why I like it, I will send in.

        I’m glad there is no rush.
        Good luck with your homework!
        And thanks for the invite!

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      • the secret keeper
        August 30, 2013

        I second the motion. I would love to see Keith aka Uncle Tree return to The Wednesday Corner. D.H. is one of my favorite rebel writers. He plainly states in his beliefs he will write what he writes, no one, not a censor will stop him. I love courage and holding true to one’s convictions held in your heart and expressing them out loud. Shake up the world. You have your way with doing just that Keith. You move with your words and your uniqueness. And a yes & a Thank You to Niamh who makes this all possible.

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      • Uncle Tree
        August 31, 2013

        Glad you think so, j.k. 🙂 A rebel with roots, I am.

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      • the secret keeper
        August 31, 2013

        Yes,Uncle Tree, A Rebel With Lots of Causes & no going over any cliffs as a sacrifice. 😀 Jk

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  11. thiskidreviewsbooks
    May 9, 2013

    What a great guy!

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