Adlestrop Part 2

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Yes, I remember Adlestrop –
The name, because it was 1966 when
The station name board was offered
Unwontedly. To Oxford, after Swindon.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The dream wished. Someone cleaned the hall.
The sign-board saying Adlestrop
Was too big for the Art School wall.
And so it was chopped up.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 And in the early 70’s
Caretakers burned the wood so dry,
The smoke no less still and lonely fair
Than route one football in the sky.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 And for that minute a name-plate smoked
Close by and around mistier,
Farther and farther, a poem burned
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.


Read part one if you haven’t yet done so – as you probably know, one station name board was placed in the village ‘bus shelter so as to remember the circumstances of Edward Thomas’ famous poem. This was the fate of the other station name board.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/adlestrop-part-2/