Meet Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes

Meet Ted Hughes

 "Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods." - Ted Hughes (1930 - 1998).  Copyright acknowledged.

Ted Hughes Heading Snail

With skin all wrinkled

   Like a whale

On a ribbon of sea

   Comes the moonlit snail.


The cabbage murmurs:

   “I feel something’s wrong!”

The snail says “Shhh!

   I am God’s tongue.”


The rose shrieks out:

   “What’s this?  Oh what’s this?”

The snail says “Shhh!

     I am God’s kiss.”


So the whole garden

   (Till stars fail)

Suffers the passion

    Of the snail.

By Ted Hughes

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