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Many thanks to visitor Jane Hanlon for saying that my post on 1 February 2013 reminded her of this wonderful poem by Serbian poet Ivan V. Lalić.

Let’s bathe in the warmth of the sentiment in Places We Love.


This photograph was taken in Whitehaven, Cumbria a few years ago. It spoke to me of the upheaval in the town as whole areas were demolished and regenerated. Two pigeons had adopted the site and made the abandoned buildings their home (photograph below).

Whitehaven has many beautiful Georgian buildings in various states of repair and on returning to the town a few weeks ago, on my way to the Haig Mining Museum (post 12 January 2013), I noticed this site had been completely cleared of buildings. Progress?

Places We Love

Places we love exist only through us,
Space destroyed is only illusion in the constancy of time,
Places we love we can never leave,
Places we love together, together, together,

And is this room really a room, or an embrace,
And what is beneath the window: a street or years?
And the window is only the imprint left by
The first rain we understood, returning endlessly,

And this wall does not define the room, but perhaps the night
Your son began to move in your sleeping blood,
A son like a butterfly of flame in your hall of mirrors,
The night you were frightened by your own light,

And this door leads into any afternoon
Which outlives it, forever peopled
With your casual movements, as you stepped,
Like fire into copper, into my only memory;

When you go, space closes over like water behind you,
Do not look back: there is nothing outside you,
Space is only time visible in a different way,
Places we love we can never leave.

Ivan V. Lalić 

Serbian poet