If you would like a copy ofmy CD of poetry and music – The Place Is Skomer -please contact me atsteve@makingconnectionsmatter.org

The CD includes:

  • In place of silence
  • Gauloises
  • Dinner time
  • The Art of Finding Things
  • The Moons of Jupiter
  • A lampshade painted with naked women
  • Cold hands
  • Skomer
  • All I need
  • On seeing the Italian Minister of State for Transport queuing in the grocers at Charing Cross Station
  • Winnie Deacon
  • Biology practical
  • Resolution

Poems also by Dylan Thomas (In My Craft or Sullen Art) Frances Horovitz (The Woman’s Dream) and Ted Walter (In a Blue Moon), with music by Steve Anthony and also a debut guitar instrumental by David Walter.

The CD costs £8 including a £3 donation shared between The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (which manages Skomer), Greenpeace and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

In place of silence

If I were to try to explain how it happened
it would have to do with high tension, high voltage
breaking the tight line between what is real
and what is imagined. It has to do with boundaries

between body and soul and spirit. It is about
aspiration, longing for love, longing to have her
the indefinite beauty who defines a craving heart
the woman within, the muse, playing dice with angels.

And there is always the pain, the slow pain of forgetting
hidden among the shadows of the haunting past.
Whatever happened belongs to the space between the page
and the written word. It is better unspoken, unheard

because it fails when it reaches the vibrations of air,
the twisted membranes of the pharynx, the moment
which is live between the mouth and the microphone
between the speaker and the eardrum, is best held

close, except that the silence destroys from within.

© Steve Walter
Poetry South East 2000, Frogmore Press
BBC Kent website

Poetry & Music CD – The Place is Skomer