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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robert Nisbet is a Welsh poet who lives about 30 miles down the coast from Dylan Thomas's Boathouse and who has taught English and creative writing in a number of schools and colleges. His poems are widely published in Britain and the USA.

Robert Nisbet



She is knitting. It is a gentle graft.
She is knitting a throw, to wrap someone,
one of her granddaughters maybe,
or his niece or his nephew, visiting
as the North Wales nights start to cool.

He is putting up a shelf, clumsily.
He is not deft. One is done, he leaves the second
to lop a little at the hedge outside,
fill the dogs' water bowls, take her tea.

Once, she had sought for stardust,
the occasional fever of a stage success.
He had known the regulation
of the boardroom.

Now she knits and stitches, browsing.
He breathes the greenness and the morning.
They freewheel, muse and stitch and tinker.