“All of Stratford, in fact, suggests powdered history –
add hot water and stir
and you have a delicious, nourishing Shakespeare.”
– Margaret Halsey (1910 – 1997), U.S. writer
(Warwickshire, England, July 1987)
ah, behold, I see the famous place
by the bank of Avon now I stand
to perceive (at least) or find a trace
of a William Shakespeare of this land
the place of birth of the great master
upon this river a humble town
now a mecca where tourists gather
to revere the poet of grand renown
the old thatched hut where he was born
still stands on the same spot it has been
for centuries a landmark untorn
symbol of England’s poetic sheen
it is my pleasure to be among
those who saw this place of history
a great poet was here since so long
he gave the world a great poetry.
poet and poem.
(c) 1987 Chito L. Aguilar
* Stratford-Upon-Avon is situated in the heart of the English midlands. A market town dating back to medieval times, Stratford is today most famous as the birthplace of the Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the town each year.