This poem by Andrew Motion was inspired by a Thomas Jones painting in London's National Gallery in which Motion reflects upon the enduring value of artistic creation.

A Wall in Naples

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A Wall in Naples

by Andrew Motion

I have forgotten whatever it was
I wanted to say. Also the way I wanted
to say it. Form and Music.

Perhaps it had something to do with - no,
that's not it. More likely, I should just
look at whatever there is

and fix myself to the earth. This wall,
I mean, which faces me over the street.
Smooth as a shaven chin

but pocked with the holes that scaffolders left
and flicked with an overflow-flag. Which still
leaves pigeon-shit, rain-streaks, washing -

or maybe the whole thing's really a board
where tiny singing meteors strike.
How can we tell what is true? I rest my case.

I rest my case and cannot imagine a hunger
greater than this. For marks.
For messages sent by hand. For signs of life.

 

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Love is as like a spring,
it made a flower from the thorn .
It would dedicate a life to the stone.
Made too the bird beautiful

by Ercin Vohidov.i tried to translate from uzbek into english, if some mistakes, apologize to me,
to be continued

One day I will send you in a lonely island and I will tell you a story.
A story that know only me and no other.
A girl had lived there before and her story had carved in a stone.
A boy, had loved her before but this the boy had not known never.
Every night she sweared the god that one day boy will fall in love with her.
But he that thing does not understand given her only pain.

enjoying
 

Hi, i am pankaj kumar singh from ' india ' and listen every brodcast and from this i am improved my english thanks.....

Water I was
 
I was the blue, the green and gold
I was the movement in the oil.
I was the quite the deeply light, the silence
and the beginning of the time.
He was a soul and not a man
He was an eye...
A big blue eye
A spirit free an everlasting mind
The space I touched with watery heart
My soul I saw... water I was.
 
 

Wow, that's a great poem!
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Adam. I haven't been written a poem for a long time, but I don't think this one is so good. I didn't work so much on this, only took me a while, but I really felt it. It was the explosion of the moment, you know. Your topics inspire me and make me feel like writing and, this is a very good thing to improve my English!
I feel so flattered you liked it!. Thank you.

I  often use this  site  at  my  lesson.It's  very  productive.My  students  like  such lessons  very  much  and  each lesson  asked my  to give  lesson like  those.

 Interesting poem and interesting painter too. I've been watching his paintings in the National Gallery's web and they're great. Thank you!

 Hello everybody!
Could you explain me what does mean "put it up"?  ("All that can  be seen is the crumbling walls, with  holes in it made by the builders who originally put it up" ) .. I looked for the answer  to internet but I couldn't find it... I will be very grateful if someone might help me.
Have a great evening!
 

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