Michael Edwards






When daytime’s doors are fixed ajar

and sighing breezes wrap the land

and echo in the heat of day

from summer sun that’s seated high

with hues which tinge the changing clouds

and gentle breaths of air are felt

on Delphian days like these.


And easy is the path that leads

along its dusty cobbled reach

in solitude to reach a copse

in misty prospect dank the trees

that sway like pendulums transposed

abutting  mildewed lichen walls

where gloom and solitude prevails.


Avoiding sunlight’s straining reach

and hidden deep, the only door

with peeling paint in evidence

exposing lines of liquid rust

that run from hinges newly oiled

a place that haunts the furtive mind

on Delphian days like these.



(Delphian: a reference relating to the ancient Greek oracle at

Delphi implying the meaning:   deliberately obscure or ambiguous)



  • Andrew Charles Forrest

    I lay down my pen as I need both hands to applaud
    Thank you Michael

    Great use od he word Dank... much underused I used it once I must look that one out in honour this made my day at 7;30

    • Michael Edwards

      Aw thanks Andrew - don't worry - I've only used dank once - there are plenty more to go round. And it's made my day to read so many kind responses yours included.

    • Goldfinch60

      Wonderful write Michael. I seem to be living in so many Delphian days.

      • Michael Edwards

        Thanks Andy - I just wonder who has been using that door and why - could it be Orchi?

      • sylviasearcher

        This is an amazing piece of writing.
        It was like when ever I tried to paint a picture of it the breeze changed what I was seeing.

        • Michael Edwards

          This is the problem of en plein air painters (en plein air = outside on location in the artists vocabulary) - the light is constantly changing altering shadows etc so you need to get it down quickly. Thanks Sylvia.

          • sylviasearcher

            Ahh I just meant the poetic pictures I pain in my head, because with a real paintbrush I’m a disaster!

          • orchidee

            A fine write and pic M. Bit like a visit to a friend's - their door ajar (in Feb!) in their private road - ooh.
            You know Delph? She any relation to Daph(Daphne)? And are they both Berles?

            • Michael Edwards

              I only know Daph O Dills - she's well and blooming right now.

              • orchidee

                Hope she stays out, and not disappear too quick, if or when the weather changes. Are you Welsh? Shall we wear Miss Dills tomorrow - St David's Day?

              • 7 more comments

              • Fay Slimm.

                A cartoon to save and as for those Delph days they could not have been expressed any better - a thrill of a read Michael. A fave. of course.

                • Michael Edwards

                  Thanks Fay and LGs comment about premature rigor mortis sums up the cartoon. As for Delphian days - well it's a phrase I might use more of as ailments kick min. Bless you Fay for your continued support which is so so much appreciated.

                • Neville

                  I dunno what to say that has not already been said... a smashing poem indeed Michael it reminded me much of several holidays abroad... N

                • orchidee

                  How's that evening?!

                  • Michael Edwards

                    Still waiting for the wheelwright.

                  • Nicholas Browning

                    All I can say is that it's very unlike you, and that I've been looking forward to this type of work from you - and that it's very good.

                    • Michael Edwards

                      Thank you Nicholas - I enjoy writing these serious works and all that stops me writing more of them is time. This was written over several days with many returns and adjustments whereas my whimsical pieces are usually written in one sitting.

                      • Nicholas Browning

                        I know it's strenuous work, and I just wanted to let you know that the fact that I can read something like this is much appreciated.

                      • ANGELA & BRIAN

                        Thanks UNCLE MIKE ~ Love the Clerical Errors ~ The established Church does have a sense of humour as in The Rev ~ The Vicar of Dibley etc and their many accidental verbal jokes like ~ Next Weeks Preacher can be found pinned up in the Porch (or hanging in the Porch) John Betjemans Poerm are masterpieces of Spiritual Satire ~ such as "Harvest Festival" I love recordings of DAVE ALLENS satire on the Catholic Church ~ because he was a Catholic. I love your POEM ! While ANGELA is in NZ my days too are DELPHIAN ~ BUT when she is with me they are HALCYON !
                        Love through Lyrics ~
                        BRIAN & ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡

                        • Michael Edwards

                          Thanks for your super response - love the reference to Halcyon days. JB is one of the masters.

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