A painting and a poem

I was delighted to receive this beautiful painting and poem from Ashoka Sen. I think they really capture the beauty of the Peak District.

 

'Summer' by Ashoka Sen © Ashoka Sen

‘Summer’ by Ashoka Sen
© Ashoka Sen

 

O my darling lovely Derwent

 By Ashoka Sen

 

O my darling, lovely Derwent,

The shimmering, emerald river,

With a glorious song and refreshing scent

You bless our valley forever.

 

You traveling minstrel, with your lyre,

You create each day a lovely lore,

The melody climbs up higher and higher,

To reach out for the heaven’s door.

The strings keep strumming all day long.

The mountain shivers with joy no bound.

The pleasure of feeling bright and strong

Binds us together all around.

 

O my darling, lovely Derwent,

The shimmering, emerald river

With a glorious song and refreshing scent

You bless our valley forever.

 

As I stroll in your solitary dales

In the snow shower and in spring,

I can hear your anklet bells

All through the day how sweetly ring.

 

With your peacock dress speckled with sun

And hair bedecked with wild flowers

You look splendid as you run,

O my girl, from bowers to bowers.

 

O my darling lovely Derwent

The shimmering emerald river,

With a glorious song and refreshing scent

You bless our valley forever.

© Ashoka Sen

As regular readers of the blog will know, we are currently collecting creative responses to the project, to the Peak District, to the relationship between India and Britain and to cotton and textiles. If you have anything you’d like to contribute please send it to me at e.r.cleall@sheffield.ac.uk

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