Tuesday poem: Happy birthday Charles!

February 7, 2012

200 today...

Happy birthday Charles!

Always, somewhere, a Scrooge
is saying something sour,
and a Spirit is coming, to slap
him into rebirth; over chimney tops
or skyscrapers, foul rookeries
or slums, and so he finds himself,
like Marley’s door-face, stirring,
and startling, and breaking
his self-forged solid chains.
 
***
Charles John Huffam Dickens
February 7th, 1812 – June 9th, 1870

I wonder if there’ll be any further birthday tributes to Dickens apart from my little poem at the Tuesday Poem site today? Click this quill to see!
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2 Responses to “Tuesday poem: Happy birthday Charles!”

  1. Elizabeth said

    Love the slipping of time in this poem, from the rookeries to present-day slums – a fab tribute to Mr Dickens!

  2. pscottier said

    Thank you Elizabeth. I am amazed by the number of times there are references to Dickens, whether intentional or not, in newspapers and other media: A Tales of Two (Whatevers), and of course, Fagin and Scrooge often get a guernsey.

    Dickens has enriched my life so much, I had to recognise his 200th, even if my poem is a gnat on an elephant.

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