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Picture 10174023, 1960s photograph, image copyright Mary Evans / Mustograph Agency

The Horse of Rhiannon
by Sarah Lawson


On the horse of Rhiannon

At his own silent pace

I ride away from you.

The margin is the same

No matter how you run.

How fast the thing you ride.

Do not try the fruitless task.

If you want me at your side

You only need to ask.


© 1978 Sarah Lawson

Picture 10174023, 1960s photograph, image copyright Mary Evans / Mustograph Agency


Sarah Lawson is a poet and translator. Born in Indianapolis in 1943, she has spent most of her adult life in London. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and in her collections Below the Surface and All the Tea in China. She has published three poetry pamphlets with Hearing Eye: Down Where the Willow Is Washing Her Hair, Friends in the Country and Twelve Scenes of Malta, and a collection of haiku, The Wisteria’s Children. In prose she has published A Fado for my Mother, and a memoir about Poland, The Ripple Effect. She has translated works from French, Spanish and Dutch, and is probably the only person to have translated both Christine de Pisan and Jacques Prévert. Her play, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, was performed at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Her latest translation from French is the story of a Bengali girl who refused to get married at the age of 11, The Strength to Say No by Rekha Kalindi. Other recent works are a novel, The Bohemian Pirate, and a collection of essays about Gone with the Wind, The GWTW Fortnight.


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