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And now, a treat….a brand new poem for National Poetry Day:
Peter Robinson takes his inspiration for this new poem from the announced closure of HM Prison Reading. HM Prison Reading was formerly known as Reading Gaol and was the place in which Oscar Wilde was incarcerated and which was source of inspiration for his Ballad of Reading Goal. It will close by the end of 2013.
TIME FOR TIME
‘… a trial cannot end like a play.’*
Along the banks of the Kennet canal
you see bare walls, its central tower,
barred windows from where inmates hear
trains arrive and leave through Reading station …
Time, though, isn’t ‘dragging on’.
‘Inside, time goes quickly,’
or so the young offender said
at their guided reading circle.
I’d been shown C. 33’s cell
and sunflowers by an exercise yard;
but routine making time go quickly,
that’s what most arrested me —
and comes back now the gaol’s to close,
be made an arts hub with a theatre,
or so we’re told, outside those walls,
all along the banks of the Kennet canal.
* The last phrase of ‘Reading Gaol’ by Peter Robinson in Reading Poetry: An Anthology (Two Rivers Press, 2011), discussed at a reading group in the prison led by Sue Colbourn, Project Worker for The Reader Organisation, in October 2012. Oscar Wilde signed The Ballad of Reading Gaol (also available from Two Rivers Press) with his cell number: C. 33.