UK – £6.00
Other – £12.00
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An interesting artwork which accompanied a poem printed by antiquarian book seller, Bernard Stone who was a good friend of Ralph's. Together under the label of Steam Press, they worked on childen's books and illustrated poems of many of the poets and authors who used to frequent the numerous parties at Bernard's Book shop.
The prints measure 195mm w x 255mm and will be signed by Ralph on despatch.
The accompanying poem for this piece reads as follows:
The day had to be right
(he didn't want his shadow to see)
so he slipped into a sack
carted it to the river
& threw it in, then
washed away the traces of brightness
paid the priests to chant
ceremonial mouthfuls of hymns
over the tiny coffin, holding
his final sigh
removed his shoes and socks
so his feet could hear the earth purr
one more time
shook the hands of a few daffodils
who waited in silence
while the trees washed the last birds from the sky
at last crept naked to the spot
he had chosen, squatted knees to chin
until his eyes turned dull& he became a rock.