Most towns have a famous son or daughter whose skill and reputation they wish to celebrate. Launceston in Cornwall is proud to claim the poet Charles Causley as its own.
And quite rightly so.
His poetry was well regarded by his peers, including Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin and Roger McGough. He was awarded the Queen’s gold medal for poetry and later a CBE for services to literature. He died in 2003 and is buried in the churchyard of St Thomas.
For the last 10 years Launceston has held a literary festival each June in honour of their local poet.
All of which high praise was embarrassing for me because, try as I might, I could not remember what he had written! Not without some prompting from the display at the Launceston House Museum.
But here is ‘Timothy Winters’, one of my all time favourite poems (which I had wrongly attributed to Roger McGough).
Simple, direct, easy to read, a hard lesson to hear. It shows how powerful poetry can be in the hands of a master.