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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

November by Elizabeth Coatsworth
No shadow
No stars
No moon
No cars
November only believes
In a pile of dead leaves
And a moon
That's the color of bone.

No prayers for November
To linger longer
To remember.

November has tied me
To an old dead tree
Get word to April
To rescue me.

November's cold chain
Made of wet boots and rain
And shiny black ravens
On chimney smoke lanes
November seems odd
An act of God

Adapted from Tom Waits - November

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More to rabbits than meets the eye: Watership Down

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 34,648 mod
I was very sorry to hear this author passed away six days ago (he was 96 years young). Watership Down was for me, one of my most favourite of all childhood reads. I think I must have it at least three times as a kid (miles better than Lord of the Rings!)

For those who aren't familiar with this book, first published in 1972, it sold tens of millions of copies and become one of the best selling children’s books of all time. On car journeys with his children, Adams started by telling them stories about a group of young rabbits escaping from their doomed warren. The book was later made into a cartoon in 1978 and then a year later, the film’s theme song Bright Eyes, sung by Art Garfunkel became a hit, topping the UK charts for six weeks.

While Adams insisted that there was nothing political about his story, the rabbits – like human beings – are shaped into a community by the power of the stories they tell each other. And these stories are the bearers of our moral values.

The Cowslip rabbit warren can be seen as a warning. After discovering that the warren was not interested in sharing stories, one of the rabbits got caught in a farmer’s snare. Choking and bleeding, none of the rabbits in the Cowslip warren offered to help as they had become a loose collection of individuals, concerned only with themselves, but without a shared story that might bind them to each other. (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/29/watership-down-richard-adams?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=The+Best+of+CiF+base&utm_term=206279&subid=11006640&CMP=ema_1364)



  • 2491988noraa2491988noraa Posts: 38 ✭✭
    it's a good book @mheredge
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,119 mod
    I think this is a book that everyone should read while they're at school. It is great, and there are lots of lessons in it that we could make the most of.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 34,648 mod
    I'm not sure if it's just for kids @GemmaRowlands. There's far more in it than meets the eye. Like Harry Potter, it's not just a children's book.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,900 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am sorry for your lost, but he left a treasure to us. :'
    What does it mean that progress kills bunnies?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 34,648 mod
    'Progress' (if it can be called this) doesn't just 'kill bunnies' but just about everything except the humans who are encroaching on nature @Shiny03.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,900 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I got it. Thank you so much. @mheredge
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