Yes, I remember Adlestrop–

Addlestrop 2 copy
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
–Edward Thomas, 1878-1917

2 thoughts on “Yes, I remember Adlestrop–

    • Thank you, Bobbie. A picture of bucolic tranquillity, the air sweet with birdsong … Which is completely misleading. This is actually in the middle of the city, with traffic roaring past on all sides, just out of the frame.

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