Category Archives: Poetry

Not everything is black and white…

Is then no nook of English ground secure
From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown
In youth, and ‘mid the busy world kept pure
As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown,
Must perish; How can they this blight endure?

Bishops Waltham Palace. John Callaway [2016]

Bishops Waltham Palace. John Callaway [2016]

…And must he too the ruthless change bemoan
Who scorns a false utilitarian lure
‘Mid his paternal fields at random thrown?
Baffle the threat, bright Scene, from Orresthead…


Nelson Monument, Portsmouth. John Callaway [2016]

…Given to the pausing traveller’s rapturous glance: 
Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance
Of nature; and, if human hearts be dead,
Speak, passing winds; ye torrents, with your strong
And constant voice, protest against the wrong”.

[William Wordsworth: October 12th 1844]


Titchfield Abbey.  John Callaway [2016]