A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear
Long has paled that sunny sky;
Echoes fade and memories die;
Autumn frosts have slain July.
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die;
Ever drifting down the stream
Lingering in the golden gleam
Life, what is it but a dream?
A few weeks ago one of my lovely WP photography pals feralc4t suggested I should try reading a Lewis Carroll poem. It’s not often I take a suggestion and create something this quickly, as a lot of what I post here is planned months in advance. I found Lewis Carroll’s poetry fascinating, but was concerned I wouldn’t be able to read most of his poems without tripping up over words or just finding it all too funny – especially the Jabberwocky!
I had a good read of Lewis Carroll’s poetry and was surprised when I came across this elegant melancholy poem with the mention of Alice. I’ve never read Alice Through The Looking Glass but it seems this acrostic poem spelling out Alice Pleasance Liddell appears at the end of the book. You can read more about it on worlddreambank.org
I initially intended reading it myself, but then thought of an idea to make a unique spoken word version. I asked my talented SoundCloud friend Mark Mayes if he would be interested in a collaboration with me. I was thrilled when he said yes! I thought his wonderful rich voice would be an ideal contrast to mine. The arrangement in our version is a suggestion that Alice is lingering in the background as a ghostly memory. It was a bit of challenge to produce, but I was pleased with the result.
Mark has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked in both theatre and television. I had a great interest in theatre myself in my late teens and participated in amateur drama for over four years. I haven’t done anything remotely like this since that time. It’s made my entire year to create this spoken word drama with Mark! 😀
Mark not only writes and reads his own poetry and other famous poets work, but is greatly talented in writing and performing some really beautiful folk songs. He also has a SoundCloud page where he posts a selection of covers of well known songs. I love the way he conveys emotion in all of his work, it’s always a real pleasure to visit his SoundCloud pages, and also to converse with him on Twitter and email – he’s such a warm friendly guy. You can read his full biography here.
His debut novel will be published in spring 2017 by Urbane Publications. If his novel is anything like his poetry and lyrics, it will be a good book indeed. He also has a WP blog where you can find him posting his poetry, spoken word, songs and book reviews. If you’re interested in new authors, keep your eye on Mark!